GLP BANNINGS: THE TRUTH ABOUT Social Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK

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To: Webmaster

From:
Michael Wood
mw337@kent.ac.uk

Message:
Hi ~Q~,

My name is Michael Wood, a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology at the
University of Kent in the UK. I’m conducting an online survey
regarding beliefs in conspiracy theories and was hoping I could
acquire permission from you to post a link to the survey on the Watch
Towers forum. You might remember the mass bannings that ensued when I
asked Trinity for permission to post this same survey on GLP – I’ve
been lucky enough to not have a repeat of that experience so far. Some
other conspiracy-related forums have agreed to participate; in
particular I’ve had a very positive response from people recruited
through Lunatic Outpost and David Icke’s forums. They mostly found the
survey quite interesting though there were some complaints that it was
overly long.

To give some background on my research, conspiracy theories are very
much understudied in psychology. Unfortunately, too many psychologists
seem to assume that ‘conspiracy theorists’ are deluded or mentally
ill. My work does not make that assumption; in fact, I argue that
people believe conspiracy theories for reasons no less rational than
the reasons they believe anything else. At the moment, no
comprehensive survey of conspiracy theories exists and very little
research has examined relationships between beliefs in different
conspiracies, other beliefs, and various personality and demographic
measures. For example, people who enjoy solving puzzles may believe
conspiracy theories more than others (since they might be willing to
spend time taking apart “official” stories), and people who are more
open-minded may be more likely to take the possibility of conspiracy
seriously despite the social stigma. These are the sorts of questions
I’m looking at.

While most investigations of this sort test samples of undergraduate
students, students tend to dismiss these kinds of theories out of hand
– I need the input of people who know the most about conspiracies and
are more likely to take them seriously, which makes your site a prime
candidate.

As I mentioned earlier the survey is somewhat long, probably taking
around half an hour to 45 minutes to complete. In order to encourage
people to participate I’m doing a prize draw in which three randomly
selected participants will win a £20 (in whichever currency) Amazon
gift card, or an equivalent donation to a charity of their choice.

I know that data security would be a paramount concern for anyone
participating, so the data will be kept secure on the Kent Uni campus
under 256-bit encryption. I’d gladly take any additional suggested
preparations to help ensure data security, too. Most importantly,
responses won’t be linked to either email addresses or usernames.
Participants even have the option to enter the name of a charity
instead of their own email address if they want total anonymity. If
they win, the money goes to that charity instead.

You can look at the full questionnaire here:
https://kentpsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=…deypO1RGfy

And my staff page on the University of Kent website:
http://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/people/woodm/

Thanks for your consideration, and please feel free to contact me with
any questions or suggestions.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wood
Ph.D. Candidate
Keynes College
University of Kent, Canterbury, England

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