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Intelligence and Religiosity among Dating Site Users

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Ulster Institute for Social Research, London NW26 9LQ, UK
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Independent Scholar, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Psych 2020, 2(1), 25-33; https://doi.org/10.3390/psych2010003
Received: 12 September 2019 / Revised: 30 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published: 23 December 2019
We sought to assess whether previous findings regarding the relationship between cognitive ability and religiosity could be replicated in a large dataset of online daters (maximum n = 67k). We found that self-declared religious people had lower IQs than nonreligious people (atheists and agnostics). Furthermore, within most religious groups, a negative relationship between the strength of religious conviction and IQ was observed. This relationship was absent or reversed in nonreligious groups. A factor of religiousness based on five questions correlated at −0.38 with IQ after adjusting for reliability (−0.30 before). The relationship between IQ and religiousness was not strongly confounded by plausible demographic covariates (β = −0.24 in final model versus −0.30 without covariates). View Full-Text
Keywords: intelligence; religion; religious belief; atheism; agnosticism; Christianity; Catholicism; Hinduism; Judaism; Islam; OKCupid; cognitive ability intelligence; religion; religious belief; atheism; agnosticism; Christianity; Catholicism; Hinduism; Judaism; Islam; OKCupid; cognitive ability
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Kirkegaard, E.O.W.; Lasker, J. Intelligence and Religiosity among Dating Site Users. Psych 2020, 2, 25-33. https://doi.org/10.3390/psych2010003

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