Calling someone a “conspiracy theorist” may have replaced baseball as the national pastime. But what if we are all vulnerable to conspiratorial ways of thinking? As you will learn through this talk, psychology has a great deal to say about conspiracy theories and the people who hold them.There may even be ways to detect them in ourselves.
Dr. Brian Sharpless is a licensed clinical psychologist and author. He currently holds appointments as a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London and adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD in clinical psychology and MA in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania. He has more than 50 professional publications including three books available through Oxford University Press. Along with being a frequent speaker in the US and abroad he maintains a clinical practice in the greater Washington DC area that focuses on treating personality disorders, sleep disorders, and mor unusual psychological conditions.