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Gender role orientation, thinking style preference and facets of adult paranormality: A mediation analysis

Rogers, Paul; Hattersley, Michael and French, Christopher C.. 2019. Gender role orientation, thinking style preference and facets of adult paranormality: A mediation analysis. Consciousness and Cognition, 76(102821), ISSN 1053-8100 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This study examines the extent to which masculine and feminine gender role orientations predict self-reported anomalous experiences, belief, ability and fear once relevant correlates including biological sex are controlled for. The extent to which rational versus intuitive thinking style preference mediates these relationships is also examined. Path analysis (n=332) found heightened femininity directly predicts stronger intuitive preference plus more anomalous experiences, belief and fear with, additionally, intuitive preference mediating several gender role-paranormality relationships. By comparison, heightened masculinity directly predicts both thinking styles plus lower anomalous fear. The latter relationship is also shaped by the nature of mediators with (a) more anomalous experiences and belief leading to more anomalous fear and (b) either heightened rationality else more anomalous ability leading to, conversely, less anomalous fear. The extent to which findings support a gender (or social) role account of adult paranormality, together with methodological limitations and ideas for future research, is discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2019.102821

Keywords:

Gender role, Paranormal, Anomalous, Intuition, Thinking style, Dual process

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Psychology > Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit (APRU)

Dates:

DateEvent
11 September 2019Accepted
4 October 2019Published Online
November 2019Published

Item ID:

27097

Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2019 08:38

Last Modified:

16 Oct 2019 13:22

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27097

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