Blame-Placing Schemata and Attributional Research

  • Arie W. Kruglanski
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


The term “conspiracy theory” is usually considered to denote a more-or-less elaborate schema whereby a given group of people sharing a common ethnic, political national, or religious origin is said to plot against another group. Conspiracy theories may actually be considered a specific variant of a much broader family of schemata in which the unifying theme is the external placing of blame for some highly negative events. In this sense, conspiracy theories are “kissing cousins” of various scapegoating constructions, persecutionary belief-systems, and so forth.


Attribution Theory Conspiracy Theory Motivational Influence Motivational Bias Epistemic Process 
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