KNOW-ITALLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO FIB

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The more a per­son thinks they know about a topic, the more likely they are to use made-up in­for­ma­tion and share false facts, a new US study shows.

Re­searchers from Cor­nell Univer­sity dubbed the trait “over­claim­ing”, af­ter a se­ries of ex­per­i­ments as­sess­ing peo­ple’s claims of knowl­edge. The re­search showed that peo­ple of­ten over­state what they know, in­clud­ing knowl­edge of con­cepts, events and places that don’t ex­ist.

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