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Narmashiri A, Sohrabi A, Hatami J, Amirfakhraei A, Haghighat S. Investigating the Role of Brain Lateralization and Gender in Paranormal Beliefs. BCN. 2019; 10 (6) :589-596
URL: http://bcn.iums.ac.ir/article-1-770-en.html
1- Institute for Cognitive Sciences Studies,Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.; Iranshahr University of Medical sciences, Iranshahr, Iran.
2- Department Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran.
3- Department Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
4- Department of Psychology, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Islamic Azad University, Bandar Abbas Branch, Bandar Abbas, Iran.
5- Department Psychology, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran.

Introduction: Brain lateralization is associated with human behavior. Therefore, this study aimed at investigating the effects of brain lateralization on the scores of paranormal beliefs.
Methods: The study population included 180 students of Sanandaj universities, Sanandaj City, Iran who were selected with convenience sampling method (100 left-brained males, 6 left-brained females, 56 both left- and right-brained males and 22 both left- and right-brained females). The research tools were the paranormal belief scale developed by Blackmore (1994), as well as the brain lateralization questionnaire (1985). 
Results: The obtained findings suggested a significant difference between the left-brain and right-brained people in terms of paranormal beliefs. A significant difference was also found between the left-brained males and both left- and right-brained females in terms of paranormal beliefs. 
Conclusion: The paranormal beliefs of the left-brained cases were different from both left- and right-brained subjects, which can be seen between the left-brained males and both left- and right-brained females. 

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience
Received: 2016/05/3 | Accepted: 2018/12/27 | Published: 2019/11/1

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