Is weaker inhibition associated with supernatural beliefs?

Marjaana Lindeman, Tapani Riekki, Bruce M Hood

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Adults identified as believers and sceptics based on self-reports from a supernatural beliefs scale were assessed on two measures of inhibition; the Stroop Color–Word Task and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST). Both groups were of equal educational status and background. However, believers made significantly more errors than sceptics on all subscales of the WCST but were equivalent in performance on the Stroop measure. This finding is consistent with the
idea that supernatural beliefs in adults are related to some types of inhibitory control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-239
JournalJournal of Cognition and Culture
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Structured keywords

  • Developmental

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