Cognitive biases explain religious belief, paranormal belief, and belief in life’s purpose

@article{Willard2013CognitiveBE,
  title={Cognitive biases explain religious belief, paranormal belief, and belief in life’s purpose},
  author={Aiyana K. Willard and A. Norenzayan},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2013},
  volume={129},
  pages={379-391}
}
  • Aiyana K. Willard, A. Norenzayan
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive theories of religion have postulated several cognitive biases that predispose human minds towards religious belief. However, to date, these hypotheses have not been tested simultaneously and in relation to each other, using an individual difference approach. We used a path model to assess the extent to which several interacting cognitive tendencies, namely mentalizing, mind body dualism, teleological thinking, and anthropomorphism, as well as cultural exposure to religion, predict… CONTINUE READING
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