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Paranormal beliefs and cognitive processes underlying the formation of delusions

Australian Journal of Parapsychology
Volume 12 Issue 2 (Dec 2012)

Abstract: Recent research suggests that paranormal beliefs and delusional beliefs may have similar cognitive foundations. In order to explore this link further a survey was conducted to investigate the relationship between paranormal beliefs and cognitive dysfunctions known to be associated with the development of clinically defined delusions. A convenience sample of 207 people completed an online inventory of questionnaires measuring paranormal beliefs, inferential confusion, confirmation bias, and metacognitive beliefs. Both dimensions of paranormal belief surveyed here were found to be predicted by these cognitive factors. The construction of paranormal beliefs as delusions is critically discussed.

To cite this article: Irwin, Harvey J; Dagnall, Neil and Drinkwater, Kenneth. Paranormal beliefs and cognitive processes underlying the formation of delusions [online]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, Dec 2012: 107-126. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=153948164550124;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1445-2308. [cited 22 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Irwin, Harvey J; Dagnall, Neil; Drinkwater, Kenneth; Source: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, Dec 2012: 107-126 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-2308 Subject: Metacognitive therapy; Depression, Mental--Treatment; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Psychoses; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Psychology Division, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia, email: hirwin2@une.edu.au
(2) Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health, Psychology, and Social Care, Department of Psychology, Gaskell Campus, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0JA, UK, email: N.Dagnall@mmu.ac.uk
(3) Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health, Psychology, and Social Care, Department of Psychology, Gaskell Campus, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0JA, UK, email: K.Drinkwater@mmu.ac.uk

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection