Object permanence in adults : a cross-cultural perspective
Soviet and German adult subjects observed the phenomenon of object non-permanence (destruction, reconstruction, or transformation of a physical object). Both samples attributed an equal degree of probability to real existence of object non-permanence. However, Soviet subjects attributed a significantly higher probability to the existence of "religion-independent" non-permanent mysterious phenomena, (e.g., "unidentified flying objects", "abominable snowman", "Loch Ness monster") while attributing a significantly lower degree of probability to the existence of "religion-linked" non-permanent phenomena (e.g., "Supreme Being which created our universe," the "immortality of the human soul")than did Gennan subjects. These and other results are analysed and discussed in a cross-cultural perspective.
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