Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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On cognitive biases, strange beliefs, and the need for intellectual humility
It can be challenging to distinguish between strongly held beliefs and delusions, but research provides a roadmap for separating them.
There appear to be discrepancies between perceptions of intellectual humility in others and perceptions of intellectual humility in ourselves.
The passing of psychologist Scott Lilienfeld has impacted countless individuals. He was a legend in the field—as well as a mentor, teacher, and scholar.
We need to discuss measurement issues in the context of conspiracy theories, or else we run the risk of grossly under- or overestimating their prevalence.
People strive to make sense of the unimaginable, to regain control over devastating and haphazard situations. COVID-19 is no exception.
Intellectual humility may help us bridge ideological gaps and facilitate respect for those with different views.
Shauna Bowes is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Emory University in Atlanta.