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Title: Paranormal Beliefs and Cognitive Processes Underlying the Formation of Delusions
Contributor(s): Irwin, Harvey Jon (author); Dagnall, Neil (author); Drinkwater, Kenneth (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Recent research suggests that paranormal beliefs and delusional beliefs may have similar cognitive foundations. In order to explore this link further a survey was conducted to investigate the relationship between paranormal beliefs and cognitive dysfunctions known to be associated with the development of clinically defined delusions. A convenience sample of 207 people completed an online inventory of questionnaires measuring paranormal beliefs, inferential confusion, confirmation bias, and metacognitive beliefs. Both dimensions of paranormal belief surveyed here were found to be predicted by these cognitive factors. The construction of paranormal beliefs as delusions is critically discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 12(2), p. 108-127
Publisher: Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research Inc
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 1445-2308
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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