Tag Archives: conspiracy theories

How morbid curiosity can lead people to conspiracy theories

How morbid curiosity can lead people to conspiracy theories

Do you like scary movies, true crime podcasts, or violent sports? Research has shown that a major part of the attraction is their appeal to morbid curiosity. Engaging with frightening media and the emotions it creates in a safe setting can help people alleviate anxiety and build psychological resilience. However, our recent research, published in the British […] … learn more→

Conspiracy theories aren’t on the rise – we need to stop panicking

Conspiracy theories aren’t on the rise – we need to stop panicking

Several polls in the past couple of years (including from Ipsos, YouGov and most recently Savanta on behalf of Kings College Policy Institute and the BBC) have been examining the kinds of conspiratorial beliefs people have. The findings have led to a lot of concern and discussion. There are several revealing aspects of these polls. As a researcher, I’m mainly interested […] … learn more→

How Hitler conspiracies and other Holocaust disinformation undermine democratic institutions

How Hitler conspiracies and other Holocaust disinformation undermine democratic institutions

Godwin’s Law posits that any online argument, if it continues long enough, will inevitably invoke a comparison to Hitler. Perhaps there should be an updated version: If you examine any given conspiracy theory, even seemingly innocuous ones, it won’t be long until you find coded and explicit antisemitism. Some cases are obvious. Remember how far-right U.S. […] … learn more→