Belief in conspiracy theories is widespread in society. Whilst belief in conspiracy theories may fulfil several basic needs such as control (., Whitson, et al., 2015), they are potentially dangerous; exposure to conspiracy theories reduces people’s engagement in a variety of domains (., Jolley & Douglas, 2014a,b). Examining tools to address conspiracy theories is therefore timely. Broadly speaking, this novel project will, therefore, build on existing research by exploring the relationship between social norms and conspiracy beliefs and develop interventions that will help combat the effects of conspiracy theories. The project has three phases: (i) a systematic review, (ii) empirical studies understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying social norms and conspiracy beliefs, and (iii) the development of attitudinal and behaviour change interventions (., improving vaccine uptake).
Through the following links you can visit the web page and contact the professors-scientists who are authorized to supervise thesis within the EDAR program.
A co-direction of thesis is also possible, associating one EPFL scientist and one of the thesis directors. For more information about this possibility and its implications, please refer to co-directing a thesis in Doctoral school EDOC whose regulations are applicable in EDAR program.
To view theses supervised by faculty members listed below, see the EDAR PhD theses page .