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

Daniel Jolley, Karen M. Douglas, Silvia Mari

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

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