The study examined the effects of exposure to conspiracy theories among those who don't believe in them.
The new findings provide a contrasting standpoint to prior studies that have linked conspiratorial thinking to high levels of narcissism.
25 percent of American respondents are in accordance with the conspiratorial belief that the re-emergence of the coronavirus was intentionally planned, a survey finds.
The new findings were included in the peer-reviewed journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
"Though conspiracy theories are nothing new, the advent of social media has created a conduit for more rapid spread of these rumors."