Why do we believe conspiracy theories?

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Some conspiracy theorists believe the Queen of England is a reptile, and that the moon is man-made. Why do conspiracy theories exist, and why do we believe them?

Conspiracy Theories: Why We Believe


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The stronger the individual's beliefs and attitudes toward policies and personal freedoms, the more vulnerable they are to believe conspiracy theories. 01:12

  2. Conspiracies usually can't be proven true or false, either way. 01:59

  3. The overproduction of dopamine boosts paranoia, a behavior exhibited by some conspiracy theorists. 02:27