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The functional nature of conspiracy beliefs: Examining the underpinnings of belief in the Da Vinci Code conspiracy

Abstract:

Focusing on a contemporary conspiracy theory popularized in the novel The Da Vinci Code (Brown, 2002), we examined the underlying psychological factors and individual differences that may predict belief in conspiracy theories, and assessed such beliefs' resistance to counterevidence. Our results suggest that belief in the Da Vinci Code conspiracy may be associated with coping with existential threat and death-related anxiety. In addition, the extent to which participants believed in the consp...

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10.1016/j.paid.2011.08.011

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Journal:
PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Volume:
51
Issue:
8
Pages:
1007-1011
Publication date:
2011-12-05
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ISSN:
0191-8869
URN:
uuid:e3225db4-522c-4a3c-8917-9b475ab5a75d
Source identifiers:
252383
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pubs:252383

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