Mar 08
The Psychology of Superstition
Are you superstitious? If you have ever knocked on wood for luck, worried about a flight on Friday the 13th or worn a lucky hat for your team, you are not alone. Superstitions seem to prevail across cultures and despite scientific advances and technology. This show is about the Psychology of Superstitions.

The guest is Dr. Stuart Vyse, research psychologist, author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition and the called upon media expert for the past 20 years for questions about everything from Halloween to The World Series and paranormal beliefs.

In the back and forth with host Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Dr.Vyse answers questions about the how and why of superstitions,offers some fascinating evidence of how superstitions actually improve performance and when they can become maladaptive. He discusses sports superstitions, relationship to obsessive- compulsive disorder and the increasing cultural interest in media shows like Celebrity Ghost Stories and Finding Big Foot. Whether you are superstitious or not—you will be intrigued.

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