Journal article

Openness/Intellect and Susceptibility to Pseudo-Profound Bullshit: A Replication and Extension

Timothy F Bainbridge, Joshua A Quinlan, Raymond A Mar, Luke D Smillie

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

‘Pseudo-profound bullshit’ (PPBS) is a class of meaningless statements designed to appear profound. Profundity ratings for PPBS have been found to be negatively related to analytical thinking and positively related to epistemically suspect beliefs (e.g. belief in the paranormal). Conceptually similar traits within the Openness/Intellect (O/I) domain form a simplex, whereby traits are arranged along a single dimension from intelligence to apophenia (i.e. observing patterns or causal connections were none exist). Across two studies (total N = 297), we attempted to replicate the O/I simplex and determine how it relates to perceiving PPBS as profound. Participants completed questionnaires measur..

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Grants

Awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Funding Acknowledgements

Study 2 was supported in part by a grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to R.A.M. (#435-2017-1030).