Corona Care Package #57 | The Corona Conspiracy


Monday’s post: The Corona Conspiracy (SG Eindhoven)

Monday 22 June | The Corona Conspiracy

When the world around is doesn’t make much sense, we start looking for answers. Being stuck at home it is easy to find any answers we are looking for at the click of a button. The truth is out there, but so is a lot of misinformation… As rapidly as the coronavirus spread all over the world, conspiracy theories on the spread of the virus – mainly via social media – followed: the virus was man-made in a laboratory, 5G causes corona and Bill Gates is behind it.

Our colleagues at Studium Generale Eindhoven invited psychologist Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen to shed light on this phenomenon by illuminating how various psychological factors including emotions, basic cognitive processes, and intergroup conflict, increase people’s susceptibility to conspiracy beliefs.

Studium Generale created a Corona Care Package to make #StayingIn as pleasant as possible. In the following weeks we will share videos, blogs, articles and podcasts within four focus areas: Mental Health, The World After Corona, Arts & Culture and other online events.