Rob Brotherton

Tuesday, March 4 2014 at 7:30PM

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Rob Brotherton

What's the talk about?

Why do some people believe unproven and implausible conspiracy theories? What’s the harm if they do? And just what is a conspiracy theory, anyway? Rob Brotherton provides a psychological perspective on the peculiar phenomenon of conspiracy theorising. The talk will offer a definition of the tricky-to-define term ‘conspiracy theory’, discuss the consequences of widespread belief in conspiracies, and present psychological research which begins to reveal the allure of conspiracy theorising.

Rob is a Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on personality and cognitive correlates of conspiracism, and anomalistic psychology more generally. Rob is Assistant Editor of The Skeptic (, and writes about the psychology of conspiracy theories at Or at least that’s what he would like you to believe.