Rajagiri Round Table: Educating India- Listening to Innovative Teachers-76th Rajagiri Round Table  |  Cover Story: A New Era of Instructional Design  |  Best Practices: Continental Hospitals Set up a Super Specialty Clinic in IIT Hyderabad  |  Science Innovations: New cancer treatment developed by MIT  |  Leadership Instincts: Disappearance of Women researchers in Authorship during Pandemic  |  Technology Inceptions: MIT developed a New Successor for Mini Cheetah Robot  |  Science Innovations: IISc team develops novel computational model to predict ‘change blindness’  |  Science Innovations: Immune System Responds Better to Vaccination in Morning Hours  |  Teacher Insights: Training in Childhood Education, New Pedagogy Enabled Innovation in Teaching  |  International Policy: UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2021  |  Leadership Instincts: UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2021  |  Health Monitor: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  Parent Interventions: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  Science Innovations: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  International Edu News: TutorComp- a new platform for online tutoring in UAE.  |  
March 09, 2021 Tuesday 08:54:25 PM IST

Emotional Headlines Affect Judgement

Teacher Insights

A new study by Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin (HU) has shown that headlines with emotional content influence our judgements about other people even when we consider the media source to be untrustworthy. Rumours, half-truths and misinformation can be consumed and shared non-stop online and have an enormous reach. In the study by HU Department of Psychology participants were made to read headlines with social-emotional or comparatively neutral information about fictitious persons. For eg. one person had embezzled tax revenues or shown outstanding civil courage. After a short break, the brain activity was measured using electroencephalogram (EEG) which enables to distinguish our slower and controlled responses to situations. In the study it showed that both late and early brain responses showed dominant influences of headline emotionality independent of credibility. Although the participants rated the media sources as having different levels of credibility, these ratings did not play a role in the formation of their opinions.