Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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... is a phenomena that social psychologists call "the actor-observer asymmetry" aka "the actor-observer bias," which is subtly distinct from the FAE. There is a good paper, available online, called "The Actor–Observer Asymmetry in Attribution:
A (Surprising) Meta-Analysis" that includes a brief explanation of the differences between these two phenomena. One of the paper's findings is that the asymmetry only applies when explaining negative events, rather than events in general.
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