How Widespread Uncertainty Causes Some People to Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Political psychologist Dr. Joanne Miller explains why some people are drawn to conspiracy theories as a way to cope with uncertainty. “What this search for an explanation can sometimes do is it can sometimes lead us to connect dots that shouldn't be connected.” In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this underlying uncertainty is correlated with people believing in an entire conspiracy “belief system,” according to a recent study.