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Stadtler, Marc; Scharrer, Lisa; Brummernhenrich, Benjamin; Bromme, Rainer – Cognition and Instruction, 2013
Past research has shown that readers often fail to notice conflicts in text. In our present study we investigated whether accessing information from multiple documents instead of a single document might alleviate this problem by motivating readers to integrate information. We further tested whether this effect would be moderated by source…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Online Searching, Internet, Information Seeking
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Scharrer, Lisa; Britt, M. Anne; Stadtler, Marc; Bromme, Rainer – Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2013
Well-educated laypeople tend to rely on their own ability to evaluate scientific claims when they obtain information from texts with high comprehensibility. The present study investigated whether controversial content reduces this facilitating effect of high text comprehensibility on readers' self-reliance and whether the influence of…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Readability, Medicine, Reading Materials
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Kienhues, Dorothe; Stadtler, Marc; Bromme, Rainer – Learning and Instruction, 2011
The present study investigated how dealing with conflicting versus consistent medical information on the Web impacts on topic-specific and medicine-related epistemic beliefs as well as aspects of health decision making. One hundred mostly female university students were randomly assigned to three groups. Two intervention groups searched the Web…
Descriptors: Internet, Electronic Publishing, Medicine, Health Materials