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Unexpected Uncertainty Can Breed Paranoia

eLife.“When our world changes unexpectedly, we want to blame that volatility on somebody, to make sense of it, and perhaps neutralize it,” said Yale’s Dr.

Philip Corlett, associate professor of psychiatry and senior author of the study.“Historically in times of upheaval, such as the great fire of ancient Rome in 64 C.E.

or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, paranoia and conspiratorial thinking increased.”Paranoia is a key symptom of serious mental illness, characterized by the belief that other people have malicious intentions.

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