Subbotsky, Eugene (2009) Can magical intervention affect subjective experiences? : adults' reactions to magical suggestion. British Journal of Psychology, 100 (3). pp. 517-537. ISSN 0007-1269Full text not available from this repository.
In three experiments, undergraduates’ subjective experiences were affected by positive magical intervention. A large number of participants accepted the offer of magical help, yet the outcomes they reported were contrary to the aims of the magical intervention. In Experiment 1, participants were offered magical help that aimed to improve their practical skills. However, in the magical-suggestion condition, they reported no improvement signiﬁcantly more frequently than in the control no- suggestion condition. In Experiment 2, participants who accepted the offer of magical help aimed at improving their general life satisfaction reported a signiﬁcant decrease in this satisfaction. Those who declined the offer of magical help reported a signiﬁcant increase in satisfaction. In Experiment 3, in the magical-suggestion condition, participants experienced bad dreams signiﬁcantly more frequently than in the control condition. In conclusion, the data suggest that adult participants protect their subjective experiences against magical intervention.
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Psychology|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Dr Eugene Subbotsky|
|Deposited On:||18 Aug 2009 16:39|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 16:37|
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