Gleb Tsipursky

Assistant Professor of the History of Behavioral Science, The Ohio State University
Chapter Member: Central Ohio SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • American Democracy
  • Civic Engagement
  • Voting

About Gleb

Tsipursky's research focuses on promoting truth-oriented behavior, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He studies these topics as a professor at the Ohio State University, and serves as President of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit devoted to popularizing these topics. Its main current focus is the Pro-Truth Pledge, a project that aims to reverse the tide of lies and promote truth in public discourse through combining behavioral science and crowd-sourcing. Tsipursky has authored a number of books, most notably the Amazon bestsellers The Truth Seeker's Handbook: A Science-Based Guide and Find Your Purpose Using Science and is currently writing Pro-Truth: Fighting Post-Truth Politics with Behavioral Sciences. Pieces by him regularly come out in prominent venues such as Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Newsweek, The Conversation, and elsewhere. 

In the News

Gleb Tsipursky's research on fake news discussed in Jerry Zremski, "A 'Pro-Truth Pledge' to Live By," The Buffalo News, July 10, 2018.
Gleb Tsipursky's research on fake news discussed in Vijaita Singh, "Nothing But Lies: Fake Videos, Rumour Set off the Lynch Mobs," The Hindu, July 7, 2018.
"War on Fake News Could Be Won with the Help of Behavioral Science," Gleb Tsipursky, The Conversation, May 16, 2018.
Gleb Tsipursky quoted on manipulated fake news videos in Diana Crandall, "How to Protect Yourself against Manipulated ‘Fake News’ Videos" Real Clear Life, May 7, 2018.
Gleb Tsipursky quoted on fake news and social media in Lisa J. Huriash and Anne Geggis, "Impostors on Social Media Exploit Parkland Shooting Victims and Families" Sun Sentinel, April 20, 2018.
"How to Talk to a Science Denier without Arguing," Gleb Tsipursky, Scientific American, December 11, 2017.
"False Charges of 'Fake News' are Harming Our Free Press," Gleb Tsipursky, Newsweek, November 19, 2017.
"How Your Vote Could be Worth $664,000," Gleb Tsipursky, Time, November 2, 2016.
"Fact-Checking Clinton and Trump is Not Enough," Gleb Tsipursky, The Conversation, October 21, 2016.


"The Effects of Illusory Truth" The Human Prospect 6, no. 2 (2016): 32-41.

Discusses the illusory truth effect: this thinking error happens when false statements are repeated many times, and as a result, we begin to see these lies as true. Examines the strategies of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Priti Patel in using the illusory truth effect.

The Truth Seeker's Handbook: A Science-Based Guide (Intentional Insights press, 2017).

Presents a variety of research-based tools for ensuring that our beliefs are aligned with reality. Provides the skills to avoid thinking errors and help others to do so, preventing disasters and facilitating success for oneself, those one cares about, and society.

"How Can Facts Trump Ideology?" Institute for Science and Human Values (n.d.).

Outlines some examples of effective communication strategies, and provides case studies where conservative radio show hosts changed their minds based on new information.