Daniel Jolley - Guest speakers - University of Derby

The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories

‌‌All staff, students and visitors are warmly invited to this talk by Dr Daniel Jolley

University of Derby, Kedleston Road, B302

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 4.00 to 5.00pm.


Dr Daniel Jolley is a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the Universit

y of Kent on the psychology of conspiracy theories. Before moving to Staffordshire University in September 2015, he was a post-doctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University.

Daniel tweets @DrDanielJolley and blogs at conspiracypsychology.com

What the talk will cover

Conspiracy theories are blooming in the 21st century.  They accompany almost all significant social and political events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the 9/11 terrorists attacks. Whilst psychologists are learning more about who endorses conspiracy theories, and why, little is known about their potential consequences. 

Initially some people thought conspiracy theories were ridiculous beliefs that are simply harmless fun. In this talk however, I present my current research programme where this assumption is turned on its head.

I will first present a series of studies examining the social and political consequences of conspiracy theories. Next, I will discuss the system-justifying function of conspiracy theories, before ending with some on-going research into addressing the consequences of conspiracy theories.

The aim of this talk is to ultimately highlight some of the potentially damaging consequences of conspiracy theories.

All are welcome, and no booking is needed to attend. Just come along. To be added to our mailing list, contact Julia Pooley, tel: 01332 591875, email: j.e.pooley@derby.ac.uk