Accepted: Project on the Infodemia Generated by the COVID-19 Crisis | Vice-Rector for Research, Creation and Innovation

April 17, 2021

In the context of the current pandemic, information is overabundant, generating a complex environment in which consumers – as much as information producers and disseminators – are vulnerable to decisional biases and disinformation, defined as false information that does not engage malicious/strategic original intent (Wardle, 2019).

By considering cognitive, affective, and collective/social dimensions, this cross-sectoral research program (i.e, Humanities, Education Sciences, Science and Engineering, Nursing, Social Sciences), funded by the Vice Rectorate for Research, Creation and Innovation at Laval University, focuses on disinformation from information processing stemming from public health policies (e.g., information about the health of the population, the health care system, the health care system’s role in the health of the population, the health care system’s role in the health care system, etc.), adherence to preventive measures, vaccination policies, vaccine replacement therapies, etc.) and brought forward due to the COVID-19 pandemic.