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Belief Systems and Executive Functioning

Title: Belief Systems and Executive Functioning.
Name(s): Berry, Cassie Stutts, author
Kaschak, Michael P., professor directing dissertation
Sunderman, Gretchen L., university representative
Boot, Walter Richard, committee member
Kelley, Colleen M., committee member
Conway, Paul, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (75 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Perceiving our world is an active process. We actively explore and investigate the environment rather than passively registering the objects and events we encounter. Our perception and attention reflect our moods, expectations, and beliefs. Recent evidence supporting this approach comes from studies that focus on the impact of individual differences on human perception and attention. Characteristics about the world we live in, like culture or religion, may drive these differences in perception and attention. One of the ways this has been looked at is by examining executive functioning. Inhibitory control, the ignoring of irrelevant information, is an important component of executive functioning. The Simon, Flanker, and Stroop tasks are all common measures of inhibitory control. They all require to some degree the inhibition of irrelevant information when selecting an appropriate response to stimuli. Several studies have reported a bilingual advantage on these tasks. Previous research has indicated differences in cognitive functioning for those of different political beliefs. Differences are seen in perception of multi-level stimuli in people of different cultures and religions and for people with different political leanings. Previous research has found similar differences in performance on a measure of executive functioning for people of different religions. The expected effects for the Simon and Flanker task were found in this sample. Differences in the size of the Simon and Flanker effect were not found in this sample for those of different religious beliefs or political beliefs
Identifier: FSU_FALL2017_Berry_fsu_0071E_14233 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: November 8, 2017.
Keywords: Attention, Executive Functioning, Inhibitory control, Political beliefs, Religious beliefs, Simon effect
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Michael P. Kaschak, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gretchen Sunderman, University Representative; Walter Richard Boot, Committee Member; Colleen M. Kelley, Committee Member; Paul Conway, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Cognitive psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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