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Media Affects Public Perception of Infectious Diseases
Date:10/31/2008

with the names of them, the media effect wasn't nearly as strong," study co-author Karin Humphreys, an assistant professor in the department of psychology, neurosciences and behavior, said in the news release. "This suggests that people can overcome the influence of the media when you give them the facts, and so objective reporting is really critical."

The researchers were surprised to find that medical students -- who have more factual knowledge about infectious diseases -- were just as influenced by media coverage as the other students.

The study was published online Oct. 29 in the journal PLoS One.

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SOURCE: PLoS One, news release, Oct. 28, 2008


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