Associations between schizotypy and belief in conspiracist ideation

David Barron*, Kevin Morgan, Tony Towell, Boris Altemeyer, Viren Swami

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Previous studies have reported associations between conspiracist ideation and domain-level facets of schizotypy, but less is known about associations with lower-order facets. In the present study, 447 adults completed measures of conspiracist ideation and the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ), consisting of nine subscales grouped into four domains. Results of a multiple regression showed that two domains of the SPQ significantly predicted conspiracist ideation, but multicollinearity was a limiting factor. In a second regression, we found that the subscales of Odd Beliefs or Magical Thinking and Ideas of Reference significantly predicted conspiracist ideation, without any multicollinearity constraints. We interpret these results as implicating two specific lower-order facets of schizotypy in belief in conspiracy theories. We further contrast the present results with previous studies indicating associations between conspiracist ideation and paranormal beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • Conspiracist ideation
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Magical thinking
  • Odd beliefs
  • Paranormal beliefs
  • Schizotypy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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