Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Disseration Dish: God and IQ

I just ran across this new unpublished doctoral dissertation. I only have read the abstract so I have no basis on which to comment on the methodology, size of the "marginal" relationship between Glr and "Awareness of God", etc. This is just an FYI post. I wish I did have access to the entire dissertation as I'd be interested in the literature review and hypothesis about the Glr-spirituality link.

Cognitive deficits and spiritual development: The relationships between cognitive deficits and spiritual development
by Thomas, Charles Nolan, Ph.D., Liberty University, 2008, 117 pages; AAT 3297567

Abstract (Summary)
  • An individual's spirituality is shaped and supported by his or her cognitive capacities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between various cognitive deficits and the spiritual development in individuals who qualified for special education under the category of Specific Learning Disability. Participants were randomly selected through systematic sampling of students and former students of Kellyville Public School who met the criteria. The cognitive deficits were measured by the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities (2001) or the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery-R (1989), and spiritual development was measured by the Spiritual Assessment Inventory (2002). The results of this study indicate that there is a marginal correlation between Long-Term Retrieval and Awareness of God.

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