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November 2021

Self other judgments of paranormal and religious belief

Journal/Book: J Soc Behav Pers. 1999; 14: PO Box 37, Corte Madera, CA 94976, USA. Select Press. 309-314.

Abstract: Forty-six college students were asked to make judgments of paranormal and religious belief of self, others, and ''science.'' Students judged others as holding a higher level of paranormal belief, but a lower level of religious belief than themselves. This provides evidence for a false uniqueness effect. It is hypothesized that participants use the social acceptability of paranormal and religious beliefs, in addition to their personal level of belief, as a basis for making self-other judgments.

Note: Article Dudley RT, Tarleton State Univ, Dept Psychol, Stephenville,TX 76402 USA

Keyword(s): SOCIAL-PERCEPTION; EGOCENTRIC BIAS; CONSENSUS; ASSIMILATION; SIMILARITY; CONTRAST


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