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There are a number of possible reasons why people think they are having (see below)
anomalous experiences, including;
1. personality factors,
2. coincidence and probability misjudgements
3. faulty thought processes (such as superstition and magical thinking).
Personality factors 1.…read more

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Fantasy proneness and false memories; fantasy prone people maybe more
likely to believe they have had paranormal experiences because of their
greater vulnerability to false memories. A false memory is something that
didn't happen but feel as if it did. French and Wilson (2006) gave 100
participants a news coverage questionnaire. Four of the five items were real
events but one was fictitious (CCTV footage of the first Bali bombing).…read more

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For example; how many people do you need to have in one
room for there to be a 50:50 chance of two of them sharing the same
birthday? Answer = 23. But a problem with this approach is that a lot of
non-believers will get it wrong too. It is not a good measure.
Logical explanations for coincidence; things may look like coincidence but there are
many logical explanations for them, e.g. hidden cause.…read more

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­ they were
fact not. A recurring theme in why people try to attach meaning to seriously out of control.
things that have no meaning is the need for control. - The behavioural explanation; Mature (1996) exposed participants to
- Behaviourist explanation; Skinner argues that superstitions are learned uncontrollable noises being emitted from a computer in a library.…read more



This table is really detailed and provides a fantastic summary of anomalistic Psychology!

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