Keep Your Fingers Crossed!

@article{Damisch2010KeepYF,
  title={Keep Your Fingers Crossed!},
  author={Lysann Damisch and Barbara Stoberock and Thomas Mussweiler},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={1014 - 1020}
}
Superstitions are typically seen as inconsequential creations of irrational minds. Nevertheless, many people rely on superstitious thoughts and practices in their daily routines in order to gain good luck. To date, little is known about the consequences and potential benefits of such superstitions. The present research closes this gap by demonstrating performance benefits of superstitions and identifying their underlying psychological mechanisms. Specifically, Experiments 1 through 4 show that… 

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