Fighting Misinformation with Behavioral Science

You Are Not So Smart: Episode 219

Evelyn Gosnell, managing director of Irrational Labs, joins David McRaney for an episode about the complex behavioral science behind misinformation. In a new information ecosystem where our primate brains, which evolved to spread gossip and argue and debate and deliberate and play status games and manage our reputations among trusted peers and signal our attitudes about what we perceive as “us” versus what we perceive as “them,” several organizations are helping the places where we gather to do these things create better environments in which to do them. On You Are Not So Smart, a podcast about the science of judgment, decision making, bias, and reasoning, Evelyn offers a behind-the-scenes look at how we use the latest research, and conduct our own research, to improve the world.