Everyday Consequences of Analytic Thinking

Pennycook, G., Fugelsang, J.A., & Koehler, D.J. (2015). Everyday consequences of analytic thinking. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 425-443. DOI: 10.1177/0963721415604610

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Gordon Pennycook

University of Regina

Jonathan Fugelsang

University of Waterloo - Department of Psychology

Derek Koehler

University of Waterloo

Date Written: August 14, 2015

Abstract

We review recent evidence revealing that the mere willingness to engage analytic reasoning as a means to override intuitive “gut feelings” is a meaningful predictor of key psychological outcomes in diverse areas of everyday life. For example, those with a more analytic thinking style are more skeptical about religious, paranormal, and conspiratorial concepts. In addition, analytic thinking relates to having less traditional moral values, making less emotional or disgust-based moral judgments, and being less cooperative and more rationally self-interested in social dilemmas. Analytic thinkers are even less likely to offload thinking to smartphone technology and may be more creative. Taken together, these results indicate that the propensity to think analytically has major consequences for individual psychology.

Keywords: Analytic thinking; reasoning; cognitive style; religion; morality

Suggested Citation

Pennycook, Gordon and Fugelsang, Jonathan and Koehler, Derek, Everyday Consequences of Analytic Thinking (August 14, 2015). Pennycook, G., Fugelsang, J.A., & Koehler, D.J. (2015). Everyday consequences of analytic thinking. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 425-443. DOI: 10.1177/0963721415604610. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2644392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2644392

Gordon Pennycook (Contact Author)

University of Regina ( email )

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Jonathan Fugelsang

University of Waterloo - Department of Psychology

200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

Derek Koehler

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

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