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Torna all'elenco Contributi in rivista anno 2011

Contributo in rivista

Tipo: Articolo in rivista

Titolo: Religion and action control: Faith-specific modulation of the Simon effect but not Stop-Signal performance

Anno di pubblicazione: 2011

Formato: Elettronico Cartaceo

Autori: Hommel, Bernhard; Colzato, Lorenza S.; Scorolli, Claudia; Borghi, Anna M.; van den Wildenberg, Wery P. M.

Affiliazioni autori: Leiden University; Leiden University; University of Bologna; Inst Sci & Technol Cognit; University of Amsterdam

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Abstract: Previous findings suggest that religion has a specific impact on attentional processes. Here we show that religion also affects action control. Experiment 1 compared Dutch Calvinists and Dutch atheists, matched for age, sex, intelligence, education, and cultural and socioeconomic background, and Experiment 2 compared Italian Catholics with matched Italian seculars. As expected, Calvinists showed a smaller and Catholics a larger Simon effect than nonbelievers, while performance of the groups was comparable in the Stop-Signal task. This pattern suggests that religions emphasizing individualism or collectivism affects action control in specific ways, presumably by inducing chronic biases towards a more "exclusive" or "inclusive" style of decision-making. Interestingly, there was no evidence that religious practice affects inhibitory skills. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 177

Pagine a: 185

Pagine totali: 9


Cognition Elsevier
Paese di pubblicazione: Paesi Bassi
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0010-0277

Numero volume: 120

Numero fascicolo: 2

DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2011.04.003

Referee: Sė: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000293054300002]

Parole chiave:

  • Religion
  • Attention
  • Simon effect
  • Stop-Signal task
  • Catholicism
  • Calvinism

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Allegati: hommeletal_simon_cognit2011.pdf (application/pdf)

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