Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Aesthetics, ethics, and cognition
Anjan Chatterjee MD, FAAN
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN, is Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.