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Keywords

Sensation seeking
Anomalous experiences
Paranormal beliefs
Gender differences

Diferencias de género en la búsqueda de sensaciones y su relación con las experiencias paranormales A. Parra y J. C. Argibay (Instituto de Psicología Paranormal) Sociedad Universitaria para la Investigación Científica 23-27 Descargar

Abstract

Sensation seeking is the tendency to pursue sensory pleasure and excitement. A body of research indicates that sensation seeking may contribute to paranormal/anomalous experiences. Examination of relations between sensations seeking and paranormal beliefs has resulted in a limited body of research. This paper hypothesizes that both –sensation seeking and paranormal/anomalous experiences– will be significantly and positively correlated. Two samples of 446 females and 162 males (MAge = 8.60, SD = 4.65) filled two questionnaires, Sensation Seeking Scale and a 10-item self report inventory designed to collect information on spontaneous paranormal/anomalous experiences. An index of experiences (Index) was constructed to correlate with the sensations seeking. More than half say to have experienced different types of paranormal/anomalous experiences, mainly telepathy and déjà-vu. The main hypothesis was supported for both, males (p = .002, one-tailed) and females (p < .001). Factor analysis showed that women tended to score higher than men, explaining the 6.5% of the variance. These findings also suggest that sensation seeking may have some utility in predicting subjects’ psi performance.