Science Round-Up: Eyes skip over fake news headlines quicker than genuine ones – study
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A study conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University reveals that people look at fake news headlines for shorter period of times than what would be considered normal.
Some 55 test participants were given a pseudo-task to assess 108 news headlines and determine which were the latest – without being told a third of them were fake headlines.
The eyes don’t lie
Using eye-tracking technology, the researchers discovered that participants’ eyes stayed a little longer on the genuine headlines.
“People gave fake news a little less visual attention, even though they did not know it was fake news,” said Casper Hansen from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen, the co-author of the study.
The researchers imagine that eye-tracking technology can help to fact-check news stories if it is possible to collect data from people’s reading patterns.
The expectation is to create an algorithm based on eye movements that can precisely predict whether a news headline is false.
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