Cartoon on the psychology of conspiracy theories posted on november 11 2018 by daniel jolley in june 2018 i was voted one of the winners of im a scientist which is an online platform to engage school children in science where across a two week period i spoke to children of all ages about why people believe in conspiracy theories. There is a curious relationship between psychology and the study of conspiracy theories historians philosophers sociologists and political scientists often present conspiracy theories as being of an essentially psychological nature. Psychology can tell us a lot about who believes in conspiracy theories why some people might be more susceptible than others and even highlights some of the negative consequences of conspiracy theories. The psychology behind conspiracy theories researchers have been hard at work examining why a small minority of the population believe and even thrive on conspiracy theories. Dan dan jolley is a lecturer in psychology at staffordshire universityhis research explores the social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories specifically he employs experimental methods to explore whether conspiracies are just harmless fun or if they have significant harmful effects
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