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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Aug 21, 2021

Why are conspiracy theories so popular these days? Is it social media? Are we just more gullible nowadays? Join Dr. Ghayda Hassan, a clinical psychologist and professor at L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), as she discusses how conspiracy theories are affecting society and how we can overcome their influence. Have a listen!

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Topics include:
* How has the COVID-19 pandemic been fanning the flames of conspiracy theories?
* What are the real reasons people fall for conspiracy theories?
* Why do some folks believe a powerful group is out to hurt them?
* What are some examples of conspiracy theories these days?
* What types of people fall for conspiracy theories?
* What role do the Internet and US-based social media play?
* Should social media companies take responsibility?
* What kind of rules should policy makers enact?
* What can we do if our loved ones or friends fall for a conspiracy theory?
* What’s “hyper-skepticism” versus healthy skepticism?
* How can we do real research and fact-checking?
* How have some far right wing groups taken advantage of conspiracy theories to build their movements?
* How are a wide spectrum of ideologies involved in conspiracy theories?
* How can we have “critical media literacy”?
* What is the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV)?
* What is the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)?
* How can we protect ourselves better from conspiracy theories?

Dr. Ghayda Hassan's Bio:

Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at UQÀM. She has a number of research, clinical, and community-based national and international affiliations. She is the director of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV, funded by Public Safety Canada). She also is a UNESCO co-chair on Prevention of Violence Radicalization, as well as a researcher and clinical consultant at the SHERPA-RAPS team and the CIUSSS-CODIM. She is a researcher, clinician, as well as a policy consultant in matters of interventions in the context of violence (radicalization, family violence, and war).

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Outro: "Apex" by Aakash Gandhi and Edu Espinal on Youtube Audio Library
Main Episode Photo: By Dr StClaire on Pixabay