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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Social Implications of Conspiracy Theories

16.07.2021, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Virtual small group meeting on conspiracy theories; Submission deadline: July 25th, 2021

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During the presidency of Donald Trump and the Covid-19 pandemic, conspiracist narratives and discussions about misinformation became a core part of the societal discourse. Simultaneously, the research in this domain has flourished: 25% of the papers on conspiracy theories which have ever been published in psychology appeared in 2020. This extraordinary growth suggests that it is time to bring researchers together and discuss the variety of findings and the different approaches.

Thus, we invite social psychologists and researchers from other fields to a virtual small group meeting on conspiracy theories.

Contributions might cover (but not necessarily limited to) research questions like:

  • Which motives or individual differences contribute to engaging with, or spreading, conspiracy theories?
  • Which situational or social factors facilitate the spread of conspiracy theories?
  • What are the consequences of believing in and being confronted with conspiracy theories?
  • What interventions might reduce the detrimental impact of conspiracy theories?
  • Are there differences regarding effects and correlates of specific conspiracies vs. a broader conspiracist mentality?

The meeting is scheduled for 18th November 2021, 1 pm to 19th November 2021, 1 pm (Central European Standard time). We plan a single panel meeting with short (about 15 min) presentations and a number of breaks, allowing a virtual space to interact with other participants. We encourage presenters from all career stages. Researchers from all around the world are very welcome, but please be aware that the schedule is tailored to Central European Standard time, but we certainly aim to schedule contributions at a time that is during speakers usual working hours.

If you would like to present, please submit an abstract (max. 1500 characters) before July 25, 2021:

If you would like to attend without presenting please register here:


Lotte Pummerer, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien,; ​Kai Sassenberg, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Universität Tübingen,; Kevin Winter, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien,; Matthew Hornsey, University of Queensland,

Supported by the European Association of Social Psychology

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