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Supernatural belief is not modulated by intuitive thinking style or cognitive inhibition

Abstract:

According to the Intuitive Belief Hypothesis, supernatural belief relies heavily on intuitive thinking—and decreases when analytic thinking is engaged. After pointing out various limitations in prior attempts to support this Intuitive Belief Hypothesis, we tested it across three new studies using a variety of paradigms, ranging from a pilgrimage field study to a neurostimulation experiment. In all three studies, we found no relationship between intuitive or analytical thinking and supernatura...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Name:
Medical Research Council
Grant:
G1000566
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Journal:
Scientific Reports More from this journal
Volume:
7
Pages:
15100
Publication date:
2017-11-01
Acceptance date:
2017-10-03
Pubs id:
pubs:732174
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uuid:6408d74b-3848-4a73-a9a7-ca89d044a677
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pubs:732174
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732174
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2017-10-04

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