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Why People Fall For Conspiracy Theories | FiveThirtyEight

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"There are traits that likely prime people to be more prone to holding these beliefs", and you may not be so different. Nice use of interactive games to find out.

  • people with jumping-to-conclusions bias "more likely to endorse conspiracy beliefs ... also correlated with harboring delusions."
  • people with "illusory pattern perception: the tendency to see patterns where there are none... more likely to believe conspiracy theories."
  • people who naturally think analytically are less likely.

But cognitive biases dont explain everything: are you exposed to conspiratorial ideas? " social media plays a significant role in getting these theories in front of the people who might be susceptible to them. "

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