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Dr Michael Wood is Lecturer in Psychology. He holds a BA (Hons) Psychology (University of Victoria, Canada), an MA Psychology (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and a PhD Psychology (University of Kent).

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

The psychology of conspiracy theories


Journal articles

  • Wood, M.J. (in press). Propagating and debunking conspiracy theories on Twitter during the 2015-16 Zika virus outbreak. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
  • Wood, M.J. (2016) Conspiracy suspicions as a proxy for beliefs in conspiracy theories: Implications for theory and measurement. British Journal of PsychologyRead it online
  • Wood, M.J. (2015). Some dare call it conspiracy: Labeling something a conspiracy theory does not reduce belief in it. Political PsychologyRead it online.
  • Wood, M.J. and Thomae, M. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349 (6251). Open Science Collaboration.
  • Wood, M.J., & Douglas, K.M. (2013). What about Building 7? A social psychological analysis of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 409.
  • Chen, L., Meier, K.M., Blair, M.R., Watson, M.R., & Wood, M.J. (2012). Temporal characteristics of overt attentional behavior during category learning. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 244-256.
  • Wood, M.J., Douglas, K.M., & Sutton, R.M. (2012). Dead and alive: Beliefs in contradictory conspiracy theories. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 767-773.
  • Wood, M.J., & Blair, M.R. (2011). Informed inferences of unknown feature values in categorization. Memory & Cognition, 39, 666-674.

Book chapters

  • Douglas, K.M., Sutton, R.M., Jolley, D., & Wood, M.J. (2015). The social, political, environmental, and health-related consequences of conspiracy theories: Problems and potential solutions. In M. Bilewicz, A. Cichocka & W. Soral (Eds), The psychology of conspiracy. Hove: Routledge.
  • Conference proceedings
  • Wood, M.J., Fry., M., & Blair, M.R. (2010). The price is right: A high information access cost facilitates category learning. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 236-41). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Blair, M.R., Chen, L.C., Meier, K.M., Wood, M.J., Watson, M.R., Wong, U. (2009). The Impact of Category Type and Working Memory Span on Attentional Learning in Categorization. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3127-32). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


  • Wood, M.J. (2015). Romance, spin, and propaganda: The role of mass media in the spread of conspiracy theories. Paper presented at the Conference on Conspiracy Theories, University of Miami, USA.
  • Wood, M.J., & Gray, D.R. (2014). Right-wing authoritarianism and beliefs in conspiracy theories. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference (Social Section), Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Wood. M.J. (2012). Dead and alive: Beliefs in contradictory conspiracy theories. Presentation given at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2012, London, UK.
  • Wood, M.J. (2012). What are they hiding? The curious effectiveness of indirect advocacy of conspiracy theories. Presentation given at the 27thPsyPAG Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
  • Wood, M.J., & Douglas, K.M. (2011). I’m just asking questions! Conspiracy theories, complexity, and innuendo. Poster presented at the 16th General Meeting of the European Association for Social Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden.
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