Ep. 8: Your Mind on Conspiracy Theories

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Conspiracy theories have always existed, but with the global pandemic keeping us locked inside and glued to the internet, it seems that these beliefs are becoming more and more common. But are conspiracy theories really on the rise and is social media to blame?

In this episode, Beth Fisher and Ava Ma de Sousa look into the psychological mechanisms behind these fringe beliefs, the harms they may cause, and who is potentially susceptible (spoiler: it's all of us).

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Example of illusory pattern perception - the Kaniza triangle. When the partial circles are configured together the way they are on the left, our brains 'fill in the blank' to show us a full triangle. 

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