Empowerment as a tool to reduce belief in conspiracy theories

@inproceedings{Prooijen2018EmpowermentAA,
  title={Empowerment as a tool to reduce belief in conspiracy theories},
  author={van Prooijen and J. Willem},
  year={2018}
}
Conspiracy theories can be harmful for public health, global warming, safety, conflict, and political polarization. What interventions help reduce the appeal of conspiracy theories? It is well-known that conspiracy theories flourish among citizens who feel powerless and out of control, however I argue that the opposite is also true: that feeling empowered and in control of one’s social environment reduces belief in conspiracy theories. Given this, authorities can reduce conspiracy beliefs among… Expand
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