Episode 74: Conspiracy Theories as Belief Systems w/ Dr. Uscinski and Dr. Enders

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Episode 74 of our book read/podcast covering major topics in various fields of psychology explores yet another mini-series, a flex course on CONSPIRACIES this holiday season, with guests, deep dives and more. In Part IV or our conspiracy theory discussion, Daniel and Thomas are joined by Dr. Joseph Uscinski and Dr. Adam Enders to talk about belief systems in relation to conspiracy theories and their article “Do conspiracy beliefs form a belief system?”.

For more about Dr. Uscinski and Ender’s work, you can find them here:

Dr. Joseph Uscinski

https://www.joeuscinski.com/

https://twitter.com/JoeUscinski

Dr. Adam Enders

https://www.adamenders.com/

PSD Website: https://psychosocialdistancingpodcast.com/

Thomas' Webpage: https://sexography.org/

Thomas' Twitter: https://twitter.com/TBrooks_SexPsy

Daniel's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceInChaos

Bias of the Week: Conjunction Fallacy

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h3r_CNg_MuRKbi_oJYVRth7dAMW2nNiS/view?usp=sharing

Conjunction fallacy

The tendency to assume that specific conditions are more probable than general ones.

Tversky, A., & Kahneman, D. (1983). Extensional versus intuitive reasoning: The conjunction fallacy in probability judgment. Psychological Review, 90(4), 293–315. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-295X.90.4.293

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