Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11716
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
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11716
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): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://www.aiprinc.org/abstracts_12.htm
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