This is the conclusion reached by psychologists from France, who found that the subjective assessment of the level of their own critical thinking by supporters of the belief in conspiracy theory does not correspond to objective tests.
The work was published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. It is known that people are most likely to believe in conspiracy theories during times of high stress. For example, during disasters and emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.
This belief causes global harm to people, including those who do not take such things seriously. It is believed that the credibility of conspiracy theories lies primarily in those with reduced critical thinking. However, supporters of such theories, on the contrary, believe that it is they who have higher critical thinking than others.
Psychologists from the University of Nanterre in Paris Anthony Lantian conducted a study that assessed the level of critical thinking in 338 undergraduate students using the Ennis-Vier test. They then analyzed the participants 'tendencies towards beliefs about conspiracy theories, as well as the respondents' personal assessment of themselves in terms of critical thinking skills.
As a result, experts have not found any connection between the level of such thinking and belief in conspiracy theories. True, in the described case, it was only about the subjective assessment of their abilities by the participants. An objective test showed that there is a connection: the more people believe in conspiracy theories, the worse they perform on the critical thinking test.