Christie Newton

Sessional Instructor


Current classes
Winter 2022 - PSYC 101

Research interests

  • fake news
  • health misinformation
  • political ideology reasoning
  • decision-making
  • religious belief
  • scale development
  • intuitive vs analytic thinking

I am broadly interested in how and why people make everyday decisions. From the context of dual-process theory, I examine how different thinking styles, slow and deliberate or fast and intuitive, influence various beliefs and behaviours. Specifically, I investigate how these thinking styles may predispose individuals to hold certain religious, conspiratorial or other epistemic beliefs and influence voting-, information-seeking, or health-related behaviours.

Recent publications:

Pennycook, G., Binnendyk, J., Newton, C., & Rand, D. G. (2021). A practical guide to doing behavioural research on fake news and misinformation. Collabra: Psychology, 7(1), 25293.

Pennycook, G., Newton, C., & Thompson, V.A. (2021). Base-rate neglect. In R. Pohl (Ed.).

Cognitive Illusions: Intriguing Phenomena in Thinking, Judgment, and Memory (3rd ed.). Hove, UK: Psychology Press Newton, C., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Gallant, N., & MacNab, Y. (2018). Age differences in attitudes about older adults with dementia. Ageing and Society, 41(1), 121-136. doi:10.1017/S0144686X19000965