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Political conspiracy theories as tools for mobilization and signaling

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Political conspiracist communities emerge and bind around hard-to-falsify narratives about political opponents or elites convening to secretly exploit the public in contexts of perceived political conflict. While the narratives appear descriptive, we propose that their content as well as the cognitive systems regulating their endorsement and dissemination may have co-evolved, at least in part, to reach coalitional goals: To drive allies’ attention to the social threat to increase their commitment and coordination for collective action, and to signal devotion to gain within-group status. Those evolutionary social functions may be best fulfilled if individuals endorse the conspiratorial narrative sincerely.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer101440
TidsskriftCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Vol/bind48
ISSN2352-250X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2022

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