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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The psychological power of superstition

A post in the New York Times Phys Ed blog reminds us that, when activated, good-luck superstitions impact performance:
Activating a good-luck superstition,” the authors [of the study discussed] wrote, “leads to improved performance by boosting people’s belief in their ability to master a task.” More precisely, they added, “the present findings suggest that it may have been the well-balanced combination of existing talent, hard training and good luck-underwear that made Michael Jordan perform as well as he did.
What are your good-luck superstitions?

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