Lunar lies: the impact of informational framing and individual differences in shaping conspiracist beliefs about the moon landings

Swami, Viren and Pietschnig, Jakob and Tran, Ulrich S. and Nader, Ingo W. and Stieger, Stefan and Voracek, Martin (2013) Lunar lies: the impact of informational framing and individual differences in shaping conspiracist beliefs about the moon landings. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27 (1). pp. 71-80. ISSN 0888-4080

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.2873

Abstract

Two studies examined the role of informational framing and individual differences on acceptance of the moon landings conspiracy theory (CT). In Study 1, participants were randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups in which they were exposed to different forms of information about the moon landings CT. Results showed that information critical of the moon landings CT resulted in attenuated conspiracist beliefs and that information supportive of the CT resulted in stronger conspiracist beliefs. In addition, stronger belief in the moon landings CT was associated with participants' belief in other CTs and openness to experience. In Study 2, participants completed a survey measuring their belief in the moon landings CT and a range of individual difference factors. Results showed that acceptance of the moon landings CT was associated with the adoption of a conspiracist worldview and schizotypal tendencies. Possibilities for conceptualizing the functional roles played by CTs are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 13:56
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 11:36
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/11408

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