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Conspiracy Theorists Don't Trust Vaccines Either
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If someone vehemently argues that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was "an inside job," that Princess Diana was murdered or that the U.S. government knew about the attack on New York City's World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and declined to stop it, they might also skip vaccinations, according to a new study. Researchers recently discovered a connection between beliefs in some conspiracy theories and mistrust of vaccines, and it appears across borders. The scientists were searching for clues to the psychology of anti-vaccination sentiments — despite scant evidence that vaccines are harmful — and they found that people who were the most distrustful of vaccines were also the ones with the strongest beliefs in certain conspiracy theories — regardless of their level of education. read more
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