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Fans of inspirational quotes have lower intellect - study says

Most of us know someone whose social media profiles are packed with profound-sounding but essentially meaningless quotes or statements. A study finally brings vindication for those of us who fail to see the wisdom within these New Age buzzwords. 

The findings reveal people who are more receptive to these so-called inspirational quotes tend to also have lower levels of intelligence.

They are also more prone to believe in the paranormal, conspiracy theories and to hold religious beliefs. 

Titled On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bulls***t, psychologists examined whether some people are more receptive to these statements than others.  
In four experiments with 845 volunteers, the researchers asked participants to evaluate a range of statements to indicate how profound they thought they were or if they agreed with them.

They used phrases such as "attention and intention are the mechanics of manifestation" and "imagination is inside exponential space time events". Author and New Age guru Deepak Chopra's quotes were reworked for many of the tests. Chopra is well known for quotes such as "nature is a self-regulating ecosystem of awareness" and "in the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you".

These were mixed with statements that deliberately blended buzzwords into meaningless sentences and mundane statements that could also be considered profound such as "most people enjoy some sort of music".

Chopra's work has previously been criticised as "woo-woo nonsense" and websites have been established to generate random quotes in his style based on words from his Twitter feed.

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