Why do we believe conspiracy theories?

Why do we believe conspiracy theories?

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?


Key Facts In This Video

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

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    Conspiracies usually can't be proven true or false, either way. (1:59)

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    The overproduction of dopamine boosts paranoia, a behavior exhibited by some conspiracy theorists. (2:27)

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