Jennifer Whitson

Oct. 03, 2008

Do You Want to Believe?

New research indicates that in situations in which a person is not in control, they're more likely to spot patterns where none exist, see illusions, and believe in conspiracy theories. We'll talk about the finding and what it means.

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