Dissociative tendencies, sensory processing sensitivity and aberrant salience as predictors of anomalous experiences and paranormal attributions.

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Irwin, Harvey. J., Schofield, M. and Baker, Ian S. 2014. Dissociative tendencies, sensory processing sensitivity and aberrant salience as predictors of anomalous experiences and paranormal attributions. Journal for the Society of Psychical Research.
AuthorsIrwin, Harvey. J., Schofield, M. and Baker, Ian S.
Abstract

An online survey completed by 307 adults was undertaken to examine the relationship between the reporting of parapsychological experiences and three psychological dimensions, namely dissociative tendencies, sensory-processing sensitivity and aberrant salience. In contrast with most previous studies of parapsychological experiences, cognizance was taken of a distinction between a proneness to have anomalous experiences and a proneness to attribute such experiences to paranormal factors. All three psychological predictors were found to be related both to a proneness to anomalous experiences and to a proneness to paranormal attributions. Possible implications of these findings for the basis of parapsychological experiences are indicated.

An online survey completed by 307 adults was undertaken to examine the
relationship between the reporting of parapsychological experiences and three
psychological dimensions, namely dissociative tendencies, sensory-processing
sensitivity and aberrant salience. In contrast with most previous studies of
parapsychological experiences, cognizance was taken of a distinction between
a proneness to have anomalous experiences and a proneness to attribute such
experiences to paranormal factors. All three psychological predictors were found
to be related both to a proneness to anomalous experiences and to a proneness to
paranormal attributions. Possible implications of these findings for the basis of
parapsychological experiences are indicated.

KeywordsParanormal experiences; Anomalous; Parapsychological experience
Year2014
JournalJournal for the Society of Psychical Research
PublisherSociety for Psychical Research
ISSN0037-9751
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621099
hdl:10545/621099
Publication datesOct 2014
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