Functions of Paranormal and Related Beliefs- Essay Plan

Here's an essay plan on the subject of functions of paranormal beliefs. Use it if you want, I chose these studies/explanations as they had the most to write on. When writing essays in psych remember about breadth and dept, 200 words approx for AO1 and 400 approx for AO2/3.


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Functions of Paranormal and Related Beliefs

1. Functions of paranormal beliefs: Evolutionary approach- adaptive purpose- enables
individuals to stop worrying and questioning things and so enables them to be more
productive in everyday lives, increasing reproductive success.

2. Critical Point 1: There is a flaw with the evolutionary approach. This…

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unexpected that scales measuring paranormal beliefs don't always correlate, as well
as the view that they both kinds of belief form the same function.

11. Critical Point 2: There is conflicting evidence about whether religion is adaptive or
not. McCullough and Willoughby found that people who are religious have greater…


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