A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective on Political Knowledge, Misinformation, and Memory for “Facts”

Authored by: Jason C. Coronel , Erik P. Bucy

The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815376712
eBook ISBN: 9781351235587
Adobe ISBN:


 Download Chapter



Determining the accuracy, amount, and types of political information citizens remember is a central concern in public opinion and political communication research. This chapter argues that adopting a cognitive neuroscience perspective on memory can advance our understanding of how citizens make sense of the political world. To best illustrate how a cognitive neuroscience view of memory can improve research in political communication, examples from two important domains are given: political learning and knowledge, and processing misinformation. Ultimately, concepts and methods from neuroscience can inform assessments about the capacity of citizens to meet the challenges of democratic life.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.