Emotional Salience, Emotional Awareness, Peculiar Beliefs, and Magical Thinking

Howard Berenbaum, M. Tyler Boden, John P. Baker

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Abstract

Two studies with college student participants (Ns = 271 and 185) tested whether peculiar beliefs and magical thinking were associated with (a) the emotional salience of the stimuli about which individuals may have peculiar beliefs or magical thinking, (b) attention to emotion, and (c) clarity of emotion. Study 1 examined belief that a baseball team was cursed. Study 2 measured magical thinking using a procedure developed by P. Rozin and C. Nemeroff (2002). In both studies, peculiar beliefs and magical thinking were associated with Salience × Attention × Clarity interactions. Among individuals for whom the objects of the belief-magical thinking were highly emotionally salient and who had high levels of attention to emotion, higher levels of emotional clarity were associated with increased peculiar beliefs-magical thinking. In contrast, among individuals for whom the objects of the belief-magical thinking were not emotionally salient and who had high levels of attention to emotion, higher levels of emotional clarity were associated with diminished peculiar beliefs-magical thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
JournalEmotion
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • beliefs
  • emotional awareness
  • magical thinking
  • peculiarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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