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Date and time
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:30
Address
Guildhall
Frankwell Quay
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 8HQ
United Kingdom

About the Event

Conspiracy theories used to be fun: celebrities are lizards, aliens run the government, and the moon landing did not happen. But in recent decades, they have had a drarmatic negative impact on global politics. They also have a negative impact on believers, making them more paranoid and withdrawn. So why do individuals hold a belief that is both harmful to themselves and society as a whole? Join Dr Gordon, UCS Psychology Lecturer, as he uncovers the key psychological explanations for a belief in conspiracy theories. He will explain why individuals hold such views so firmly - despite no evidence for them and ample evidence against, and how understanding the underlying mechanisms of conspiratorial thinking can help us prevent their further emergence and proliferation. In the age of social media and 'fake news', such an understanding has never been more important.   

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Address

Guildhall
Frankwell Quay
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 8HQ
United Kingdom