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Measuring Belief in Conspiracy Theories: The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale
TLDR
The research indicates that the GCB is a psychometrically sound and practically useful measure of conspiracist ideation, and the findings add to the theoretical understanding of conspiracists ideation as a monological belief system unpinned by a relatively small number of generic assumptions about the typicality of conspiratorial activity in the world.
An Anxiety-Related Bias in Semantic Activation When Processing Threat/Neutral Homographs
  • A. Richards, C. French
  • Psychology
    The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology…
  • 1 September 1992
TLDR
Consideration of the patterns of priming for targets following ambiguous threat/neutral primes suggest that at the longer SOAs, high-anxiety subjects consciously “lock on” to a threatening interpretation if one has been made available by earlier automatic spreading activation.
Anxiety-related bias in the classification of emotionally ambiguous facial expressions.
High- and low-trait socially anxious individuals classified the emotional expressions of photographic quality continua of interpolated ("morphed") facial images that were derived from combining 6
Belief in Conspiracy Theories and Susceptibility to the Conjunction Fallacy
Summary: People who believe in the paranormal have been found to be particularly susceptible to the conjunction fallacy. The present research examines whether the same is true of people who endorse
Effects of mood manipulation and anxiety on performance of an emotional Stroop task.
TLDR
The mood manipulation procedure was successful in producing predicted changes in self-reported state anxiety, and high-trait-anxiety subjects exhibited interference effects consistent with the induced mood.
The influence of children's self-report trait anxiety and depression on visual search for emotional faces.
TLDR
The results support previous work highlighting a specific link between anxiety and attention to threat in childhood and their visual search for threatening and non-threatening stimuli.
Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience
Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as “paranormal”. Opinion polls show
Failing the Future: Three Unsuccessful Attempts to Replicate Bem's ‘Retroactive Facilitation of Recall’ Effect
TLDR
Three pre-registered independent attempts to exactly replicate one of recently reported parapsychological experiments, ‘retroactive facilitation of recall’, which examines whether performance on a memory test can be influenced by a post-test exercise, failed to produce significant effects and thus do not support the existence of psychic ability.
Field and observer viewpoint in remember-know memories of personal childhood events
TLDR
This experiment examined the viewpoint and other phenomenal characteristics of childhood memories based on both personal recollections and self-knowledge and found remembered events received the highest ratings for sensory and contextual detail, emotional content, and memory accuracy, while known-about events were given the lowest ratings.
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