Field Guide to the Conspiracy Theorist: Dark Minds | Psychology Today

Published January 30, 2015 by wallacedarwin

PSYCHOLOGY OF “DENIERS”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200909/field-guide-the-conspiracy-theorist-dark-minds

They are “immune to evidence,” discounting contradictory information or seeing it as “proof of how clever the enemy is at covering things up,” Goertzel says.

Conspiracy theories exist on a spectrum from mild suspicion to full-on paranoia, andbrain chemistry may play a role. Dopaminerewards us for noting patterns and finding meaning in sometimes-insignificant events. It’s long been known thatschizophrenicsoverproduce dopamine. “The earliest stages of delusion are characterized by an overabundance of meaningful coincidences,” explain Paul D. Morrison and R.M. Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London. “Jumping to conclusions” is a common reasoning style among the paranoid, find Daniel Freeman and his colleagues, also at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Excerpted from
PsychologyToday
1/30/15

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