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Dr. Jeff Keuss
Dr. Thomas Carpenter
Dr. Paul Kim
Religiosity, cognitive style, ACT, contextualism, religious commitment, open-minded
This study examined the relationship between religious commitment and thinking styles. Participants (n = 195) completed self-report measures of religious commitment, contextualism, Authoritarianism-Conservatism-Traditionalism (ACT - conceptualized as social attitudes/beliefs), and Open-Minded Cognition (OMC - conceptualized as a cognitive style). A marginally significant direct link was observed. Furthermore, when controlling for Contextualism, the strength of the negative link between SRF and OMC increased non-significantly. When controlling for ACT, mediation analysis revealed that the relationship between SRF and OMC was more indirect (via shared variance with ACT) than direct. Moderation analyses did not reveal significant results. Results tentatively suggest a negative relationship exists between strength of religious faith and open-minded cognition, but this relationship is better explained by a confounding effect of ACT and not religiosity itself.
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Sallee, Carl W., "Open-Minded Religiosity: Investigating the Link Between Religious Commitment and Thinking Style" (2016). Honors Projects. 55.