Monday, October 25, 2010

Superstitious Thinking Works

According to researchers, superstition actually works. They did various tests in which they told one group an object was "lucky," then told the control group nothing of the sort, and those who believed they were working with "lucky" objects outperformed those in the control group! The objects in question (a golf ball in one test) were not actually blessed or considered "lucky" by anyone in any way.

In another test, researchers allowed superstitious people to keep their lucky objects (such a a rabbit's foot) with them while they took various tests, then had them leave them behind while they took others. In all cases, the testers performed better when they had their lucky objects.

Researchers think that those who adhere to these superstitions did better with "lucky" objects because they boost the "participants’ confidence in their own capabilities."

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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