The to acknowledge which styles they fit into.
The second part was ( CRT) the cognitive reflection
test. This test required thinking and problem solving some simple maths.
The third test was base rate problems test with CAM beliefs. Along with Verbal intelligence where words hard to be paired with the alternative
meaning. The self-reported thinking styles which encouraged participants to
acknowledge which styles they fit into. Lastly the (OTE) openness to experience
test of 5 personality test and from a scale to 5 which one was closer to their
Standardized coefficients Beta
multiple linear regression test combined Age, Education, REIexp, REIrat, OtE,
CRTi and Base_i as predictors of the depending variable which was CAM total. A
significant model appeared as (f (1.205)=.305b; p<0.001; R2= 1.23) which is explaining 1.2% of adjustment in the regression. From the statistical data REIexp (Beta=.337; p=.008), only the(REIexp) knowledge was significant to the test whilst the others were over .1 and non-significant Discussion Summarise the findings Our findings were as stated in the hypothesis having conducted the study on CAM beliefs and openness to experience we aimed to understand if individuals personality traits are related to their beliefs of complementary and alternative medicine and its effects. That these tests are improper when trying to find thinking styles and gives us data we are not looking for. From our results we found that only the REIexp test was significant whilst the others held no significance and did not give us what we were looking for. Do the findings support the predictions you made? Our findings support our predictions as this test will eventually show its inaccuracy. In relation to a past study conducted by heard (Astin, 1998; Furnham & Smith, 1988; McGregor & Peay, 1996) who also found a fragile backing to their claim that CAM is influenced by peoples beliefs. Our findings support previous literature as it being unsolved and predicted and not a strong argument. (Epstein et al., 1996). Our findings compare and show strong similarities with previous studies carried out. As we also had no new information or change in our data regarding the relationships of openness to experience personality traits connecting to CAM beliefs or its effectiveness we had less support and no strong data to show it. Our results gave us a solid answer that openness to experience and CAM share no relation at all and are biased in considering using CAM whilst having mixed feelings as it is slightly supported with studies. Most tests conducted in the past have included the REI (Pacini & Epsten, 1999).However the self report test does not fully tests people thinking styles and causes cognitive confusions which influences people to guess the answer instead.(Newstead, Handley, Harley, Wright & Farrelly, 2004). In future practice if this study was to be conducted again it would be highly convincing if the cognitive reflection test (Toplak, West & Stanovich, 2011). Was carried out examining the performance of peoples instinctive thinking as it will give us more significant results. Their were many flaws to this test as most people gave indirect answers in short words you can say guessed what they thought may describe their personality traits. This could be avoided in the future by including the performance inutitaive test. Also another improvement can be the size of the test which included over 10 questions for each test. 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