Conspiracy thinking as situation model construction

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Abstract

Conspiracy thinking can be viewed as a form of narrative comprehension. We routinely infer actors' goals and plans when someone tells us a story. However, comprehenders extend this practice when considering real-world events, which are not orchestrated by a narrator. Comprehenders routinely favor information that is consistent with their perspective, but conspiracy thinkers likely do this to a greater extent, due to the low levels of cognitive reflection they exhibit. Comprehenders supplement incoming information with background knowledge. Conspiracy thinkers do this as well, but their knowledge base deviates from that of the mainstream, as a result of exposure to large amounts of misinformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101413
Pages (from-to)101413
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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