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Mon Jun 10, 2013, 04:56 PM

7. How significant is it? Well, the test with the rowers had p = 0.006.

That's significant at the 99% level.

From the paper:

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As intended, rowers about to compete were experiencing more stress (M = 4.04, SD = 1.36) than rowers at a training session (M = 3.02, SD = 1.76), t(98)= 3.26, p = .002, d= 0.66. Attesting to the secular nature of the sample, participants reported a very low degree of religious commitment (M= 1.86, SD= 1.69); religiosity did not differ between conditions, p= .225. As expected, belief in science was negatively correlated with religiosity, r(98)=−.29, p= .004.

Of primary interest, and as predicted, rowers in the high-stress condition reported greater belief in science (M = 4.03, SD = 0.87) than rowers in the low-stress condition (M= 3.54, SD= 0.86), t(98)=2.82, p= .006, d= 0.57. Thus, the novel measure of belief in science differentiated between individuals facing different levels of stress. The greater belief in science observed in the high-stress condition is consistent with the notion that belief in science may help secular individuals to cope with stress.

We acknowledge that alternative explanations for increased belief in science in the high-stress condition are also possible. For example, rowers about to compete (vs. rowers in training) may have been more motivated to consider their scientific-based training regimen or equipment. However, we also note that training regimes and equipment may, in fact, be more salient during training sessions (which usually revolve around such regimens and equipment).

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