How conspiracy beliefs reveal intuitive & reflective impulses | Thea Zander-Schellenberg | TEDxBasel

Are you concerned with an implausible belief? Thea Zander-Schellenberg talks about the cognitive mechanisms of implausible beliefs in general and how conspiracy beliefs in particular manifest between the dynamic interplay of intuition and deliberation. Dr. Thea Zander-Schellenberg is intrigued by human thinking and reasoning. As a research scientist, she investigates how people form judgments and arrive at decisions. In this spirit, the dynamic interplay of intuition and reflection is one of her main research topics. She is currently leading a SNSF Ambizione research project on intuition in schizophrenia at the Department of Psychology at the University of Basel. Her academic background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience form the basis of her scientific expertise and her deep fascination for science. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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