L17 Conspiracy Theories

55 reagan and bush conspired with iranians to ensure

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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 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 “grassy “grassy knoll” “Inadequacy of the “single-bullet theory” “singleBack and to the left. . . Back and to the. . . Conclusion When? Social conflict Social anxiety/uncertainty 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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