People who believe in psychics and various supernatural phenomena, are less successful in problems of logic and analytical thinking. To such conclusion the American scientists recently presented research on this topic.
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The paranormal ability of the human mind, such as telepathy and foresight, believes a huge number of people. At present there are no scientific arguments for the existence of the paranormal, so sceptics are usually inclined to believe that belief in the supernatural can be explained only by lack of knowledge predisposed her people. Nonetheless, previously a number of studies have shown that such perceptions can be explained by low intelligence or inadequate education. To understand the issue that is behind the belief in psychics, tried psychologists from the University of Chicago in the United States.
The authors of an article published in the journal Memory and Cognition, began his research with that conducted a survey among more than two thousand people. Participants, in particular, was asked to what extent they believe that man can predict the course of events by relying not on logic and not on the senses. To answer this and similar questions the participants were divided into a scale from believing in the supernatural until confirmed skeptics. They then selected the 50 most “radical” members of each of these two approaches, and asked them to pass several tests. In both groups included people aged 18 to 35 years with approximately the same level of education.
Some of the tests that asked the participants of the study were designed to assess whether they have developed logical and analytical thinking. In particular, they were asked to find the odd word from the list to continue certain sequence, and so on. In these tests (and in tests of vocabulary) succeeded skeptics. At the same time in various tests for memory, both groups showed almost identical results, reports digest.bps.org.uk.