L’attrait des théories du complot

C’est évident que les théories du complot sont intrigantes et que c’est ce qui attire les gens.

In the first study, 300 U.K. participants read an article about the Notre Dame fire in Paris on 15 April 2019. The participants were randomly assigned to either read a version of the article describing the fire as a deliberate conspiracy or a tragic accident. In the second study, 301 U.S. participants read an article about the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which either described the event as a murder carried out by powerful people who feared his testimony or as a suicide. The conspiracy version of each story tended to be viewed as more interesting, entertaining, important, engaging, mysterious, adventurous, captivating, exciting, attention-grabbing, and frightening than the official version of events. Moreover, van Prooijen and his colleagues found that participants who viewed the conspiracy as more entertaining were more likely to endorse it.

Comme un bon film de fiction.

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