Most methods to crush conspiracy theories don’t work, study finds. Here’s what does.

Debunking conspiracy theories with counter-arguments is often a fruitless effort – but according to a new scientific review, there may be alternative strategies that can successfully push back against conspiracy beliefs.

Having already grown over the past 10 years, interest in conspiracy theories has exploded during the pandemic, when failure to follow public health recommendations has been sometimes associated with conspiracy beliefs (opens in a new tab). For example, supporters of the anti vax movement (opens in a new tab) may avoid getting vaccinated or having their children vaccinated on the pretext that certain dangerous results of vaccination are concealed. Although increasingly present in public discourse, conspiracy theories have proven to be a difficult mindset to change.

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