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Are conspiracy theories harmless?

Douglas, Karen (2021) Are conspiracy theories harmless? Spanish Journal of Psychology, 24 . Article Number e13. ISSN 1138-7416. (doi:10.1017/SJP.2021.10) (KAR id:85602)


In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the consequences of conspiracy theories and the COVID–19 pandemic raised this interest to another level. In this article, I will outline what we know about the consequences of conspiracy theories for individuals, groups, and society, arguing that they are certainly not harmless. In particular, research suggests that conspiracy theories are associated with political apathy, support for non-normative political action, climate denial, vaccine refusal, prejudice, crime, violence, disengagement in the workplace, and reluctance to adhere to COVID–19 recommendations. In this article, I will also discuss the challenges of dealing with the negative consequences of conspiracy theories, which present some opportunities for future research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/SJP.2021.10
Uncontrolled keywords: conspiracy theories, health, politics, prejudice, COVID-19
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 09:53 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 23:11 UTC
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