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Concerns about public misinformation in the United States—ranging from politics to science—are growing. Here, we provide an overview of how and why citizens become (and sometimes remain) misinformed about science. Our discussion focuses specifically on misinformation among individual citizens. However, it is impossible to understand individual information processing and acceptance without taking into account social networks, information ecologies, and other macro-level variables that providedoi:10.1073/pnas.1805871115 pmid:30642953 pmcid:PMC6475373 fatcat:2hfixmyjq5ginc3ooonjgurmom