Critical Thinking and Belief in the Paranormal

  title={Critical Thinking and Belief in the Paranormal},
  author={James E. Alcock and Laura P. Otis},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={479 - 482}
The critical thinking ability of 13 believers and 13 nonbelievers in paranormal phenomena was examined in two studies. In the first study, believers and skeptics were given Watson and Glaser's (1964) Critical Thinking Appraisal Scale as well as Trodahl and Powell's (1965) Dogmatism Scale. Skeptics showed a significantly higher level of critical thinking ability than believers and were significantly less dogmatic than believers. A second study was carried out to evaluate the critical thinking… 

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