Ep 174: Why conspiracy theories thrive and how to cope with them

Sep 28, 2020, 05:00 AM
So much about how we've coped, or not, through lockdown is based on our perceptions, thoughts and emotions about the new world around us.

This week Mick Coyle has been exploring the role of myths, hoaxes and conspiracy theories in that setting. Where they come from, who they come from, and why some people are tempted to believe them.

First up, Professor Peter Kinderman offers his thoughts as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. 

He discusses why hoaxes thrive, and why beliefs play a key role in how we see the world.

Then we hear from Dr Elena Musi from UoL, who is working on a new project that will help us make sense of new information by critically analysing it, rather than just believing the first piece of information we see.

She tells Mick about a new AI Chatbot she's building that aims to help people see a bigger picture beyond a headline or hoax.

You can find out more about the project here: https://fakenewsimmunity.liverpool.ac.uk/

Read more about Mick's investigation here: https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/uk/news/coronavirus-myths-debunked/?fbclid=IwAR2rIqrNypmUGTplrfJk9Ijcwi6D39vOzWRQTG-Yc4DL_FR0lxyK4MoiapA