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Supernatural belief is not modulated by intuitive thinking style or cognitive inhibition

Farias, Miguel; van Mulukom, Valerie; Kahane, Guy; Kreplin, Ute; Joyce, Anna; Soares, Pedro; Oviedo, Lluis; Hernu, Mathilde; Rokita, Karolina; Savulescu, Julian; Möttönen, Riikka

Authors

Miguel Farias

Valerie van Mulukom

Guy Kahane

Ute Kreplin

Anna Joyce

Pedro Soares

Lluis Oviedo

Mathilde Hernu

Karolina Rokita

Julian Savulescu

Riikka Möttönen



Abstract

According to the Intuitive Belief Hypothesis, supernatural belief relies heavily on intuitive thinking—and decreases when analytic thinking is engaged. After pointing out various limitations in prior attempts to support this Intuitive Belief Hypothesis, we test it across three new studies using a variety of paradigms, ranging from a pilgrimage field study to a neurostimulation experiment. In all three studies, we found no relationship between intuitive or analytical thinking and supernatural belief. We conclude that it is premature to explain belief in gods as ‘intuitive’, and that other factors, such as socio-cultural upbringing, are likely to play a greater role in the emergence and maintenance of supernatural belief than cognitive style.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 8, 2017
Journal Scientific Reports
Print ISSN 2045-2322
Electronic ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Article Number 15100
APA6 Citation Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., …Möttönen, R. (2017). Supernatural belief is not modulated by intuitive thinking style or cognitive inhibition. Scientific Reports, 7(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14090-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14090-9
Publisher URL https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14090-9
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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