Scientific Credibility

How can we provide access to scientific knowledge in ways that are considered credible?

When you see scientific information online, how do you decide how to trust it? Do you look it where it came from? Whether it was peer reviewed? Whether the data was shared? Who funded it? What website you got it from?

We use many cues to decide what to trust, some rational, some not. Trust in science continues to decline in the USA. Yet, science has the power to make a real difference in people's lives. How can we help provide scientific knowledge in a way people find credible?

The goal of this project is to understand how people evaluate scientific findings, across domains, populations, and contexts. By studying how people make decisions about what to read, engage with, and believe, we can work to provide useful information that people can trust.


Our lab members working on this project:

Spencer Williams

Lab director


Meta-summaries Effective for Improving Awareness and Understanding of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Research (2022). Spencer Williams, Joy Lee, Brett Halperin, Joshua M. Liao, Gary Hsieh, Katharina Reinecke. Scientific Reports
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