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What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the psychology of conspiracy theories?

Professor Jovan Byford (School of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University) about the Covid-19 in relation to the psychology of conspiracy theories What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the psychology of conspiracy theories? Two years ago this week, at the very start of the current pandemic, the… Continue reading What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the psychology of conspiracy theories?

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Managing those family conversations over the holiday…

This strange and difficult year has given rise to conspiracy theories and fake news. In this BBC News article, Dr Jovan Byford from the School offers some advice on how to avoid arguments about them - which may be particularly useful during seasonal family conversations. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-55350794

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How to engage with people who believe conspiracy theories

In uncertain times, conspiracy theories proliferate, such as the 'anti-vax' scares that are now circulating online. In a new article in The Conversation, Dr Jovan Byford writes about how to engage with people who believe conspiracy theories. You can read the article here https://theconversation.com/ive-been-talking-to-conspiracy-theorists-for-20-years-here-are-my-six-rules-of-engagement-143132 You can read more about Jovan Byford's work here: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/jtb77    … Continue reading How to engage with people who believe conspiracy theories

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How to talk about conspiracy theories without starting an argument

The spread of coronavirus has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories, linking it, for example, to business interests and patents, or the 5G network. Dr Jovan Byford from the School contributes to a new short film on the BBC news website How to talk about conspiracy theories without starting an argument https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-53395619/coronavirus-how-to-talk-about-conspiracy-theories Read more… Continue reading How to talk about conspiracy theories without starting an argument