Cognitive and Contextual Factors in the Emergence of Diverse Belief Systems: Creation versus Evolution

  title={Cognitive and Contextual Factors in the Emergence of Diverse Belief Systems: Creation versus Evolution},
  author={E. Margaret Evans},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  • E. M. Evans
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
The emergence and distribution of beliefs about the origins of species is investigated in Christian fundamentalist and nonfundamentalist school communities, with participants matched by age, educational level, and locale. Children (n = 185) and mothers (n = 92) were questioned about animate, inanimate, and artifact origins, and children were asked about their interests and natural-history knowledge. Preadolescents, like their mothers, embraced the dominant beliefs of their community… 

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