The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Karen Douglas

Wednesday, September 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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Karen Douglas

What's the talk about?

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’.

In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Karen will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of believing in conspiracy theories.


Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. She studies the psychology of conspiracy theories and the social consequences of conspiracism.


Free entry. All welcome.