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Secrets and Lies: The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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START DATE 28 January 2016
START TIME 12:00pm

Town Hall Committee Room 2, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 28 January 2016
END TIME 01:00pm

Professor Karen Douglas from the University of Kent is visiting speaker at this Psychology Research Seminar

Was 9/11 an inside job?  Is climate change a hoax?  Was Princess Diana murdered?  

Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called 'conspiracy theories'. 

In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Karen will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of Middlesex's Dr Gemma Reynolds' findings on the causes and consequences of conspiracy theory belief.


Karen Douglas is a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Kent. In addition to conducting work on the psychology of conspiracy theories, she is involved in projects examining sexism in language, the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women, and the psychology of internet behaviour.

Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book in advance. For more information please contact Dr Gemma Reynolds.

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