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Analytic Thinking, Religion, and Prejudice: An Experimental Test of the Dual-Process Model of Mind

Yılmaz, O., Karadöller, D. Z., & Sofuoğlu, G. (2016). Analytic Thinking, Religion, and Prejudice: An Experimental Test of the Dual-Process Model of Mind. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26(4), 360-369. doi:10.1080/10508619.2016.1151117.
Dual-process models of the mind, as well as the relation between analytic thinking and religious belief, have aroused interest in recent years. However, few studies have examined this relation experimentally. We predicted that religious belief might be one of the causes of prejudice, while analytic thinking reduces both. The first experiment replicated, in a mostly Muslim sample, past research showing that analytic thinking promotes religious disbelief. The second experiment investigated the effect of Muslim religious priming and analytic priming on prejudice and showed that, although the former significantly increased the total prejudice score, the latter had an effect only on antigay prejudice. Thus, the findings partially support our proposed pattern of relationships in that analytic thinking might be one of the cognitive factors that prevents prejudice, whereas religious belief might be the one that increases it.
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