Conspiracy theories and the conspiracy mindset: implications for political ideology

  title={Conspiracy theories and the conspiracy mindset: implications for political ideology},
  author={Robbie M. Sutton and Karen M. Douglas},
  journal={Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences},
Are misinformation, antiscientific claims, and conspiracy theories for political extremists?
Extremist political groups, especially “extreme” Republicans and conservatives, are increasingly charged with believing misinformation, antiscientific claims, and conspiracy theories to a greater
Are Misinformation, Anti-scientific Claims, and Conspiracy Theories for Political Extremists? Forthcoming at Group Processes & Intergroup Relations special issue on Misinformation
Extremist political groups, especially “extreme” Republicans and conservatives, are increasingly charged with believing misinformation, anti-scientific claims, and conspiracy theories to a greater
The Paranoid Style in American Politics Revisited: An Ideological Asymmetry in Conspiratorial Thinking
It is often claimed that conspiracy theories are endorsed with the same level of intensity across the left-right ideological spectrum. But do liberals and conservatives in the United States embrace
Trust in crisis Conspiracy mentality , lack of trust and religiosity predicted conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 in a Norwegian sample
Crises are associated with a search for meaning and security. In recent years, they have also been associated with increased attention to conspiracy theories. Such theories about COVID-19 have been
Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories about the COVID-19 Pandemic in Romania? An Analysis of Conspiracy Theories Believers’ Profiles
It is found that people who perceive higher incidence of fake news, find social media platforms more useful, have lower education, and have higher levels of religiosity are more prone to believe COVID-19-related misleading narratives, while the frequency of news media consumption does not significantly differ for believers and non-believers.
Just world beliefs, personal success and beliefs in conspiracy theories
A regression showed younger males, with Unjust World beliefs and politically right-wing views, were more likely to endorse Conspiracy Theories, and the discussion revolved around explaining individual differences in accepting these theories.
Conspiratorial Beliefs and Cognitive Styles: An Integrated Look on Analytic Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Scientific Reasoning in Relation to (Dis)trust in Conspiracy Theories
The present article will revise the (lack of) scientific consensus on the definitional and conceptual aspects of the relationship between conspiratorial beliefs and cognitive styles, and summarize the state of the art on the subject by providing overview of empirical evidence.
Why are beliefs in different conspiracy theories positively correlated across individuals? Testing monological network versus unidimensional factor model explanations.
A substantial minority of the public express belief in conspiracy theories. A robust phenomenon in this area is that people who believe one conspiracy theory are more likely to believe in others. But
The path from distrusting Western actors to conspiracy beliefs and noncompliance with public health guidance during the COVID-19 crisis
Pro-Russian and anti-EU, U.S. and NATO attitudes are linked to stronger conspiracy beliefs, which relate to lower levels of concern and knowledge regarding the virus, which in turn are associated with reduced compliance with official guidelines.


Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The Moderating Roles of Political Knowledge and Trust
Given the potential political and social significance of conspiracy beliefs, a substantial and growing body of work examines the individual-level correlates of belief in conspiracy theories and
Political Extremism Predicts Belief in Conspiracy Theories
Historical records suggest that the political extremes—at both the “left” and the “right”—substantially endorsed conspiracy beliefs about other-minded groups. The present contribution empirically
The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
Current research does not indicate that conspiracy belief fulfills people’s motivations, and it is found that for many people, conspiracy belief may be more appealing than satisfying.
The Elite Is Up to Something: Exploring the Relation Between Populism and Belief in Conspiracy Theories
We explore the relationship between populist attitudes and conspiratorial beliefs on the individual level with two studies using American samples. First, we test whether and what kinds of
Consequences of Conspiracy Theories
This chapter outlines what is known to date, and reviews the psychological research on the positive and negative consequences of conspiracy theories. It argues that future research efforts should
What breeds conspiracy antisemitism? The role of political uncontrollability and uncertainty in the belief in Jewish conspiracy.
It is hypothesized that political uncontrollability, rather than political uncertainty, is a critical factor in triggering conspiracy theories about groups.
The influence of conspiracy beliefs on conventional and unconventional forms of political participation: The mediating role of political efficacy.
Results suggest that individuals who hold conspiracy beliefs tend to regard the political system as less responsive to citizens' demands - external dimension of political efficacy, and that conspiratorial beliefs negatively affect conventional modes of political participation, indirectly through reduced external efficacy.
Understanding Conspiracy Theories
Scholarly efforts to understand conspiracy theories have grown significantly in recent years, and there is now a broad and interdisciplinary literature that we review in this article. We ask three
Resolving the Puzzle of Conspiracy Worldview and Political Activism: Belief in Secret Plots Decreases Normative but Increases Nonnormative Political Engagement
It is a hitherto open and debated question whether the belief in conspiracies increases or attenuates the willingness to engage in political action. In the present article, we tested the notion,
Examining the monological nature of conspiracy theories
(Summary prepared for this repository). This chapter critically examines the often made claim that endorsement of conspiracy theories is characteristic of a "monological" world view (Goertzel, 1994)