Intuition, affect, and peculiar beliefs

Matthew Tyler Boden, Howard Berenbaum, Maurice Topper

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Research with college students has found that intuitive thinking (e.g., using hunches to ascribe meaning to experiences) and positive affect interactively predict ideas of reference and odd/magical beliefs. We investigated whether these results would generalize to a diverse community sample of adults that included individuals with elevated levels of peculiar perceptions and beliefs. We measured positive and negative affect and intuitive thinking through questionnaires, and peculiar beliefs (i.e., ideas of reference and odd/magical beliefs) through structured clinical interviews. We found that peculiar beliefs were associated with intuitive thinking and negative affect, but not positive affect. Furthermore, in no instance did the interaction of affect and intuitive thinking predict peculiar beliefs. These results suggest that there are important differences in the factors that contribute to peculiar beliefs between college students and clinically meaningful samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-848
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Affect
  • Ideas of reference
  • Intuition
  • Odd/magic beliefs
  • Peculiar beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Intuition, affect, and peculiar beliefs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this