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15 Research Items
October 2018 - November 2018
- The aim of this stay at Flinders, supervised by Dr. Ryan Balzan, was to keep investigating beliefs but here with a clinical population. I had the opportunity to meet clients with psychosis, and depression.
Magical beliefs and experiences are common in the general population. Developmental studies show that magical beliefs are integral part of children's development. Once children reach the next level of their cognitive development, they are considered to abandon magical thinking in favor of rational, more scientific reasoning. According to these deve...
Beliefs in supernatural entities are integral parts of both our culturally embedded religions and more individualized magical belief systems (e.g., paranormal beliefs, spirituality). Scholars regularly link the occurrence of beliefs to individuals’ cognitive and affective ways of information processing. For magical beliefs in particular, we expect...
Paranormal beliefs (PBs), such as the belief in the soul, or in extrasensory perception, are common in the general population. While there is information regarding what these beliefs correlate with (e.g., cognitive biases, personality styles), there is little information regarding the causal direction between these beliefs and their correlates. To...
Paranormal beliefs (PBs) are common in adults. There are numerous psychological correlates of PBs and associated theories, yet, we do not know whether such correlates reinforce or result from PBs. To understand causality, we developed an experimental design in which participants experience supposedly paranormal events. Thus, we can test an event's...
In previous studies, we observed that when experiencing a supposedly paranormal event, many observers were willing to endorse that this was a demonstration of a genuine paranormal phenomena. Also, observers seemed confused and emotionally involved (Lesaffre et al., 2018). Yet, these latter observations were anecdotal. In two studies, we set out to...
Beliefs are persistent cognitive processes that guide human thought and behaviour. We can be aware of these beliefs, but not necessarily. These beliefs determine how we perceive and integrate upcoming information, in particular when they are conforming with our pre-existing ideas and prior expectations. Of these, paranormal beliefs are particularly...
Humans are attracted to paranormal and magical explanations of events, (e.g. psychic demonstrations, séances, palm readings), and whilst there is no scientific evidence to support these explanations, beliefs in the paranormal are endorsed by a substantial proportion of the general population. We investigated whether preexisting magical beliefs and...
For a study we are running at Geneva University Hospital with incacered patients, we would like to find the Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (edited by MHS) in its FRENCH VERSION.
Is there anyone here who have already used it?
Thank you so much!
In which way do cognitive and personality correlates of magical belief precede or result from magical ideation or experience? Swiss National Science Foundation funded project, see https://www.unil.ch/lerb/en/home/menuinst/recherche/groupe-prof-christine-mohr/traitement-des-informations.html