COVID-19 a Pandemic or a Control Conspiracy?

COVID-19 a Pandemic or a Control Conspiracy?

COVID-19 Pandemic linked to belief in conspiracy theories

 

Feelings of anxiety and lack of control about COVID-19 Pandemic linked to belief in conspiracy theories

People with greater feelings of anxiety and lack of control during the early stages of the COVID‐19 were more likely to endorse some conspiracy theories about the deadly virus, according to new research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

“Our research team has a long tradition of studying epistemically suspect beliefs (such as paranormal, conspiracy, and pseudoscientific beliefs),” explained study author Jakub Šrol, a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Psychology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

“When the pandemic hit, and even before the first cases of COVID-19 were actually identified in Slovakia, it seemed that there was a substantial rise in the spread of various conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific beliefs about COVID-19.”

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