A survey on thinking styles in relation to schizotypy
Mounting evidence demonstrates that specific cognitive biases pose as risk factors for the transition from subclinical psychotic experiences to clinically significant psychotic disorders (Beck et al., 2009). Although cognitive biases ostensibly play a role in the development of psychosis, few cognitive biases have been examined across the psychosis spectrum (Sacks et al., 2012). Additionally, studies that explored cognitive mechanisms in schizotypy rarely considered whether sub-domains of schizotypy were associated with each bias (e.g. self-certainity).
Further, Barron et al. (2014) proposed evidence that those aspects of schizotypy that mirror disorganised thought processes and a rejection of analytic information generation are significantly associated with belief in conspiracy theories. Indeed, Swami et al. (2014) examined associations between belief in conspiracy theories and a range of measures of thinking dispositions in a British sample. Results indicated that a stronger belief in conspiracy theories was significantly associated with lower analytic thinking
Who is in charge of this project?
The study has been approved by the University of Westminster
Psychology Department Ethics Committee (Chair: Dr Laura Boubert, firstname.lastname@example.org). It is based at the University of Westminster, UK. The lead researcher is David Barron, who should be the first
point of contact if you have questions or problems: David Barron, 115 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6UW, London. Tel: +44 (0)2035069076. Email: email@example.com. The research is also supervised by Dr Viren Swami (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have further questions.