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Reality testing, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs

  title={Reality testing, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs},
  author={Kenneth Graham Drinkwater and Neil Dagnall and Andrew Parker},
This study investigated the relationship between conspiracist beliefs, reality testing, belief in the paranormal, and related anomalistic beliefs (urban legends). Attitudes toward general conspiracist beliefs and endorsement of specific conspiracy theories correlated with reality testing deficits and belief in the paranormal. High reality testing deficit scores were associated with less critical ratings of conspiracy theories and increased belief in the paranormal. Regression analysis indicated… 

Conspiracy theories and dissociative experiences: The role of personality and paranormal beliefs

The present paper investigated whether a link between belief in conspiracy theories and dissociative experiences existed as both are endorsed by paranormal belief. The present paper also sought to

Conspiracist beliefs, intuitive thinking, and schizotypal facets: A further evaluation

Summary This study examined whether thinking style mediated relationships between belief in conspiracy and schizotypy facets A UK-based sample of 421 respondents completed the Generic Conspiracist

Statistical Bias and Endorsement of Conspiracy Theories

Previous research proposes that endorsement of anomalous beliefs is associated with proneness to conjunction error. This supposition ignores important differences between belief types.

Conspiracy theory and cognitive style: a worldview

Findings supported the view that belief in conspiracies, within the sub-clinical population, was associated with a delusional thinking style, and cognitive-perceptual factors in combination accounted for only 32% of the variance.

Urban Legends and Paranormal Beliefs: The Role of Reality Testing and Schizotypy

It is demonstrated that anomalistic beliefs vary in nature and composition, and generalized views of anomalous beliefs provide only limited insight into the complex nature of belief.

Measurement issues and the role of cognitive biases in conspiracist ideation

Conspiracy theories are a prominent feature of contemporary culture, and can have far-reaching consequences for believers and disbelievers alike. Until recently, however, relatively little research

Conspiracy suspicions as a proxy for beliefs in conspiracy theories: Implications for theory and measurement

  • M. Wood
  • Psychology
    British journal of psychology
  • 2017
The results indicate that the FICS is a reliable and valid measure of conspiracy suspicions within certain parameters, and suggest a three-level model that differentiates general conspiracist ideation, relatively vague conspiracy suspicions, and relatively specific conspiracy beliefs.

Conspiracist and paranormal beliefs: A typology of non-reductive ideation

Non-reductive ideation is characterized by a tendency to attribute causality to non-physical powers and mysterious forms of intelligent agency such as conspiracist ideation, belief in specific