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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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Conspiracy Theory Psychology

Conspiracy Theory Psychology

Individual Differences, Worldviews, and States of Mind

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(p.245) 16 Conspiracy Theory Psychology
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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Michael J. Wood

Karen M. Douglas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0016

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.

Keywords:   conspiracy theories, social psychology, control, ideology, worldviews

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