The effects of Prolonged Control Deprivation on Scientific Belief

[Speaker] Bai, Jie:1
[Co-author] Guo, Yongyu:1, Yang, Shenlong:1
1:Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Perceived control is one of human's mainly mental necessities.Compensatory control theory has suggested the reason why perceived control is so important is that it has meet individuals' need for order. Recent years, adhering to the thoughts of compensatory control theory, some researchers have devoted to exploring the relationship between brief control deprivation and scientific view who found that control deprivation would render people to holding stronger belief in science. On the other hand, combining with the learned helplessness, some researchers further distinguished control deprivation into two kinds, including brief and prolonged control deprivation. Hence, our study with two experiment devoted to explore the effects of prolonged deprivation on scientific belief. Results revealed that prolonged control deprivation would cause scientific belief decrease among which need for order played the role of mediation.
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