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Psychological Science and Conspiracy Theories in the Era of COVID-19

Psychological Science and Conspiracy Theories in the Era of COVID-19

May 28, 2020

Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology at the University of Kent, and Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University–share their research, thoughts, and reactions on conspiracy theories and how they specifically relate to COVID-19.

From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves

From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves

April 24, 2020

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/fictional-villains-allure.html

As people binge watch TV shows and movies during this period of physical distancing, they may find themselves eerily drawn to fictional villains, from Voldemort and Vader to Maleficent and Moriarty. According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, people may find fictional villains surprisingly likeable when they share similarities with the viewer or reader.

Psychological Science and COVID-19, Interview with Roxane Cohen Silver

Psychological Science and COVID-19, Interview with Roxane Cohen Silver

April 3, 2020

How can society and individuals cope with COVID-19? What can historical events teach us? What insights does psychological science bring to this international pandemic? For answers, APS conducted an interview with APS Fellow Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health at the University of California, Irvine.

Psychological Science and COVID-19, What We Know and What We Can Do

Psychological Science and COVID-19, What We Know and What We Can Do

April 1, 2020

APS convened a virtual roundtable to explore the psychological dimensions of COVID-19. Panelists included Bethany Teachman (UVa), Katie McLaughlin (Harvard), Valerie Reyna (Cornell), and Andreas Olsson (Karolinska Institutet).