Non-Reflective Thinkers Are Predisposed to Attribute Supernatural Causation to Uncanny Experiences

  title={Non-Reflective Thinkers Are Predisposed to Attribute Supernatural Causation to Uncanny Experiences},
  author={R. Bouvet and J. Bonnefon},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={955 - 961}
  • R. Bouvet, J. Bonnefon
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • For unknown reasons, individuals who are confident in their intuitions are more likely to hold supernatural beliefs. How does an intuitive cognitive style lead one to believe in faith healing, astrology, or extrasensory perception (ESP)? We hypothesize that cognitive style is critically important after one experiences an uncanny event that seems to invite a supernatural explanation. In three studies, we show that irrespective of their prior beliefs in the supernatural, non-reflective thinkers… CONTINUE READING

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