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So You Thought I Was Bull Shitting About The Uk Psychologist / Psychiatrists Preying On GLP Users? - Here is Proof~
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They are in cover your ass mode now!
What right do these people have to conduct unauthorized research & experiments on our user base?
Checkout this email I received today..
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Check out the guys webpage he lists..
From: M.Wood <[email protected]
Subject: Survey on GLP?
Date: February 18, 2011 2:04:59 PM EST
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Dear Mr. XXXXX,
Hello from the UK, and thanks for running such an amazing site. I'm Michael Wood, a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK. I'm conducting an online survey regarding beliefs in conspiracy theories and was hoping I could acquire permission from you to post a link to the survey on GLP.
To give some background, my Ph.D. thesis is on the psychology of belief in conspiracy theories. It's a very understudied area within psychology - most psychologists just seem to assume that conspiracy theorists are deluded or mentally ill, which I think is quite unfair. I suspect that people believe conspiracy theories for reasons no less rational than the reasons we believe anything else. To try and shed some light on things I've been studying conspiracy theories among university students and in lab settings, but for a real, comprehensive survey of the CTs that are out there I need a sample of people who believe in more than just one or two (unlike the typical Kent student). GLP is one of the top conspiracy sites out there and I read it regularly so you were my first choice, though ultimately I hope to collect data from several different sites. The point of my research is to examine the correlations between belief in different conspiracy theories and different personality and demographic measures - for example, political orientation might be related to belief in global warming conspiracies, and people who enjoy thinking about things a great deal might be more likely to find conspiracy theories plausible (this is an exploratory study, so I have quite a few hypotheses and would be glad to do a full rundown if you'd like).
The survey is somewhat long, probably taking around half an hour to 45 minutes to complete. In order to encourage people to participate I'm doing a prize draw in which three randomly selected participants will win a ~$30 Amazon gift card, or an equivalent donation to a charity of their choice.
I know that data security would be a paramount concern for anyone participating, so the data will be kept secure on the Kent Uni campus under 256-bit encryption. I'd gladly take any additional suggested preparations to help ensure data security, too. Most importantly, responses won't be linked to either email addresses or GLP member IDs. Participants even have the option to enter the name of a charity instead of their own email address if they want total anonymity. If they win, the money goes to that charity instead.
Here's a rundown of the questions the survey contains:
-Demographic measures (age, sex, nationality, ethnicity, political orientation, education level)
-Questions about general alternative beliefs (psi, alternative medicine, free energy, UFOs, Atlantis, etc.)
-Beliefs in many different conspiracy theories (9/11, Princess Diana, climate change hoax, NWO, suppression of vaccine/autism link, and many others)
-Locus of control (the belief that one is in control of one's fate)
-Belief in a just world (the idea that the world is fundamentally a just or unjust place)
-Need for cognition (whether someone needs to be thoughtful in order to feel fulfilled and happy)
-Openness to new experience
-Unusual perceptual experiences (body image distortions, etc)
You can look at a full version of the questionnaire here:
And my staff page on the University of Kent website:
[link to http://www.kent.ac.uk
I know that this is a very suspicious thing to ask, especially considering the problems GLP has been having with UK psychologists recently! But this isn't an experiment of any kind - it's just a survey. My motives here are purely scientific (well, partly selfish as I do want to finish my Ph.D.) and I have no desire to infringe upon anyone's privacy or play some sort of mind game - I just want to find out what people believe and eventually publish a journal article about it.
Thanks for your consideration, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. I'm willing to go to great lengths to get this survey off the ground as long as it doesn't cost a great deal of money.
University of Kent, Canterbury, England
Last Edited by ^TrInItY^ on 2/18/2011 at 3:19 PM