Consequences of conspiracy theories. Written evidence submitted to Home Affairs Committee on Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Inquiry (COR0158).

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  • University of Kent
  • University of Milan - Bicocca

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHouse of Commons Home Affairs Committee
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2020
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Abstract

Executive summary
a. A growing body of research has shown that conspiracy theories can negatively impact individuals and society in a variety of areas, including their work life, medical choices and political engagement.
b. In our evidence, we articulate how conspiracy theories are likely to have a negative impact during the COVID-19 crisis in similar ways.
c. Counterarguments to dispel conspiracy theories are important, but developing proactive approaches (such as improving people’s critical thinking abilities) is also crucial.

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