Jared Celniker, UCI doctoral candidate in psychological science, Peter Ditto, UCI professor in psychological science and Nathan Ballantyne write, “In our study, not everyone agreed that COVID-19 is a legitimate threat, and the pictures didn’t shock unbelievers into thinking otherwise. Images can be effective reminders of persuasive arguments; but when using images to persuade, we may take for granted precisely what we’re trying to prove. … Troubling images may become tools for people to reach new beliefs. Yet we must all be mindful of how easily we misunderstand what’s evocative to others.”
Opinion: Can shocking images persuade doubters of COVID’s dangers?
Scientific American, Jan. 25, 2021 (Opinion)
January 25, 2021