Superstitions Improve Performance
German scientists recently ran four experiments showing that superstitious people performed better at their assigned tasks because they believed luck was on their side.
German scientists recently ran four experiments showing that superstitious people performed better at their assigned tasks because they believed luck was on their side. The method and results of the experiments were recently published in the journal Psychological Science and demonstrated that those subjects who were led to believe that they had a higher chance of success in the experiment were in fact more successful. "What's interesting is that superstition works, because it improves confidence, lets you set higher goals and encourages you to work harder," says The Guardian, reporting on the study.
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Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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