L17 Conspiracy Theories

3 1222013 study 2 heath et al people pass along

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Unformatted text preview: t al. People pass along stories that elicit: Interest, disgust, surprise, and joy That are plausible That have rich plot and realistic characters have rich plot and realistic characters Information matters, but so does narrative and emotional appeal Whitson & Galinsky (2008): Why do we see patterns that aren’t there? Whitson & Galinsky (2008): Control Parachute jumpers more likely to see an image in a random pattern just before a jump People who fish in dangerous waters have more rituals than people who fish in the shallows than people who fish in the shallows Sports. People in more unstable positions have more superstitious rituals (e.g., baseball pitchers) First year MBA students more likely to believe in CTs than second years 4 12/2/2013 Hypothesis: When people lack control, they attempt to create it by perceiving patterns Experiment 1: Low control—random performance feedback control— Experimental control—no feedback control— Scale DV: Scale—personal need for structure need for structure Part 3: Who believes CTs? 90%: Kenney assassinated by someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald; 41%: The air force is hiding evidence for UFO visitations; 42%: FBI involved in Martin Luther King’s assassination; Experiment 2: Lack control and pattern perception in snowy image task—those who lacked control were task— more likely to report seeing an image in random patterns What predicts belief in CTs? 55%: Reagan and...
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