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Believing widely doubted conspiracy theories can satisfy a need to feel special

04 September 2017

Unrelenting faith in the face of insurmountable contradictory evidence is a trait of believers in conspiracy theories that has long confounded researchers.

A guest post on our Research Digest blog by Simon Oxenham sheds new light on the question.

He suggests that a study from German provides:

"...convincing evidence that some people are motivated to agree with conspiracy theories with an aura of exclusiveness. To them it may not matter in the slightest that their views are in the minority, to the contrary this knowledge could actually amplify their beliefs."

Simon also looks at a new paper by Daniel Jolley and Karen Douglas that considers ways of tackling belief in dangerous conspiracy theories.

You can read his full post on the Research Digest.

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