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Spotlight colloquium prof. Roland Imhoff (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz) (Colloquium)

Thursday 30 March 2023Add to my calendar
12:15 to
MM 04.610
Barbara Müller & Aart Stekelenburg
prof. Roland Imhoff (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
Psychology of Conspiracy Mentality


In the past years, conspiracy theories got more and more attention in different research fields. Especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists also outside the medical sciences increasingly had to deal with distrust in their work and had to explain and sometimes defend the scientific method to others. Although it is not necessarily a bad thing to be critical, conspiratorial thinking can have negative consequences. What do we know about the psychology of conspiracy mentality?

Despite an explosion of research on conspiracy theories and their underlying cognition and emotion particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, research in this area is still predominated by reports of eclectic and largely cross-sectional observations. The current talk will therefore clarify what is by now well established and firmly known, what is currently assumed but not yet solidly established, and where the field lacks reliable empirical insights. Revisiting some of the basic assumptions and their respective evidence base, the outlook will focus on the major developmental tasks of conspiracy research in the near future.

Roland Imhoff is a full professor and chair of Social and Legal Psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His research focuses on conspiracy beliefs, basic principles of comparison, stereotyping, and categorization and representation of history. There is the possibility to meet with Prof. Dr. Imhoff after the talk. If you would like to talk with him about your research, please let us know so we can arrange a meeting by sending an email to Barbara Müller (Barbara.Muller@ru.nl) or Aart van Stekelenburg (Aart.vanStekelenburg@ru.nl).

Barbara Müller & Aart van Stekelenburg

Send an email to Barbara Müller (Barbara.Muller@ru.nl) or Aart van Stekelenburg (Aart.vanStekelenburg@ru.nl).

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