• Episode 202

Hope, Helplessness, and Health Misinformation

Ever feel lousy and look up your symptoms on the internet? Sometimes the information you find can hurt as much as it helps. Health misinformation is something we’ve all experienced and our emotions play a big role in how vulnerable we are to it. Subtle differences in wording or the order in which a story is presented to you can make a massive difference in how you respond to it and what actions you take—or don’t take—going forward. On this episode of News Over Noise, hosts Leah Dajches and Matt Jordan talk with media scholar Jess Myrick about what this all means for health reporting and the spread of misinformation.

About our guest

portrait Jessica Myrick

Jessica Gall Myrick, PhD, is the Donald P. Bellisario Professor of Health Communication in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. Her research investigates the psychology of how people respond to media messages about health, science, and the environment. This work has been featured in academic journals, books, and news reports and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.