Unformatted text preview: Bush conspired with Iranians to
ensure hostages would not be released until after
elections. Members of groups that feel
powerless: Abalakina-Paap et al. (1999): NeoNeo-Nazis Beliefs in specific CTs (22 of them): Militia men Anomie, r = .39, p < .0001
Authoritarianism, r = .21, p < .02
Powerlessness, r = .16, p < .05. Part 4: What explains the
staying power of CTs?
Biased assimilation: Information that supports your
position is uncritically accepted, whereas contrary
information is scrutinized and discredited;
Fundamental attribution error: People overestimate the
role of dispositions over situational factors in explaining
the behavior of other people;
Evolution of risk averse psychology AntiAnti-globalization protestors
Ethnic minority groups that are subject to
intense discrimination McHoskey (1995)
“Do you believe that President John F.
Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin
named Lee Harvey Oswald, or that there
were multiple assassins and therefore
were multiple assassins, and therefore a
conspiracy to kill President Kennedy?
completely certain Oswald alone killed
JFK (- 50) to completely certain a
(conspiracy killed JFK (+ 50). 5 12/2/2013 Ss read 850 word evidence summaries for each
side of the issue.
Nine pieces of evidence for each side. Ss
evaluated each for how persuasive it was.
E.g., eye-witnesses identified shots from the
eye witnesses identified shots from the
“Inadequacy of the “single-bullet theory”
“singleBack and to the left. . . Back and to the. . . Conclusion
When? Social conflict
Leadership and justifications for war/change
and justifications for war/change Why? Manage specific emotions
The CTs contain important information
There is narrative appeal 6...
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- John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy assassination, Conspiracy theory, Lee Harvey Oswald, cts form