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Conspiracy Theory Psychology: Individual Differences, Worldviews, and States of Mind

Wood, Michael J. and Douglas, Karen M. (2018) Conspiracy Theory Psychology: Individual Differences, Worldviews, and States of Mind. In: Uscinski, Joseph E., ed. Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them. Oxford University Press, pp. 245-256. ISBN 978-0-19-084407-3. (doi:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0016) (KAR id:73795)

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Abstract

Conspiracy theories tend to be taken more seriously by people who are mistrustful and prone to certain forms of magical thinking, have a worldview that generally fits with conspiratorial interpretations of events, feel alienated from society and its norms, and frequently come into contact with other topics outside of the mainstream such as alternative medicine. Conspiracy theories are less plausible when the audience has a positive attitude toward the group implicated as the conspirators, when they are engaged in analytical, detail-focused thinking, and when they feel like they are generally in control of their own fate.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0016
Uncontrolled keywords: conspiracy theories, social psychology, control, ideology, worldviews
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 10:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73795 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Douglas, Karen M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0381-6924
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