Societal Effects of Conspiracy Theories and their Mitigation
Lotte Pummerer (PhD student at the University of Tübingen, Germany)
Abstract. Research has shown that believing in conspiracy theories is connected with negative societal consequences, such as decreased social engagement and less trust in authorities. However, this research has mostly used cross-sectional designs, and research on the underlying mechanisms, and thus, ways to mitigate these effects is missing. In the talk I will present longitudinal data on the societal effects of conspiracy theories. I will further discuss two cognitive mechanisms which on the one hand might be driving these effects, but on the other hand could also be part of a solution on how to address the effects of conspiracy theories.
The presentation will take place at the indicated address, as well as in this virtual seminar room.