The vicious cycle of violent intergroup conflicts and conspiracy theories

Shira Hebel-Sela*, Boaz Hameiri, Eran Halperin*

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Abstract

Conspiracy theories widely influence our social and political lives. Thus, it is no surprise that in recent years, much research has focused on the factors that may drive the belief in such theories. While we know that different contexts can lead to the development and amplification of conspiracy theories; those involving fear, uncertainty, and loss of control have been found to be particularly influential. In the current paper, we focus on one example for such context: violent intergroup conflicts. We suggest a new theoretical framework emphasizing a possible reciprocal relationship between conspiracy theories and violent intergroup conflicts: intergroup conflict enhances belief in conspiracy theories, which in turn, radicalizes the involved societies and by that hinders peaceful conflict resolution.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101422
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume47
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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Keywords

  • Barriers to peace
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Violent intergroup conflicts

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