As People Age They Rely on Supernatural More
Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin. The study, published in a recent issue of Child Development, offers new insight into developmental learning.
â€œAs children assimilate cultural concepts into their intuitive belief systems â€” from God to atoms to evolution â€” they engage in coexistence thinking,â€ said Cristine Legare, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study. â€œWhen they merge supernatural and scientific explanations, they integrate them in a variety of predictable and universal ways.â€