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Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale

Do conspiracy theories intrigue you, or do they consume you? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | February 23, 2024

Conspiracy theories have long captured the imagination, offering tantalizing narratives of hidden agendas, secret societies and covert operations. From tales of government cover-ups to speculations about alien encounters, conspiracy theories span a wide range of topics and have intrigued people throughout history. These theories thrive on skepticism toward official explanations and often provide alternative interpretations of events, challenging mainstream narratives and prompting individuals to question the world around them.

As misinformation spreads rapidly across social media and online forums, understanding and assessing conspiracy beliefs has become increasingly important. Belief in conspiracy theories can have significant consequences, ranging from undermining trust in institutions to influencing behavior and decision-making.

Identifying and measuring conspiracy beliefs not only helps researchers better understand the psychological underpinnings of these beliefs, but also enables policymakers and public health officials to develop targeted interventions to address misinformation and promote critical thinking.

The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale is a valuable tool for assessing the extent to which individuals endorse conspiracy beliefs across various domains. The scale measures beliefs in alluring conspiracies related to government, alien life, secret societies and more. By providing a standardized measure of conspiracy beliefs, this scale allows researchers to compare levels of conspiratorial thinking across different populations and study the factors that contribute to belief in conspiracy theories.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Please indicate the degree to which you believe each of the following statements is likely to be true on a scale from “Definitely Not True” to “Definitely True”:

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Brotherton, R., French, C. C., & Pickering, A. D. (2013). Measuring belief in conspiracy theories: the generic conspiracist beliefs scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. 279. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00279

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