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Lucky Charms Actually Do Work!

Why are some of the world's best athletes also some of the most superstitious? Because lucky charms actually do work, according to psychologists Lysann Damisch of the University of Cologne:

In one of the experiments, volunteers were told to bring a lucky charm with them. Then the researchers took it away to take a picture. People brought in all kinds of items, from old stuffed animals to wedding rings to lucky stones. Half of the volunteers were given their charm back before the test started; the other half were told there was a problem with the camera equipment and they would get it back later.

Volunteers who had their lucky charm did better at a memory game on the computer, and other tests showed that this difference was because they felt more confident. They also set higher goals for themselves. Just wishing someone good luck – with "I press the thumbs for you," the German version of crossing your fingers – improved volunteers' success at a task that required manual dexterity. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science

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This is a silly way of putting it. Charms don't "work"... your belief in them does. Try this with something random that the charm holder can't influence (e.g. lottery) and you'll see how much they "work". :-D
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this needs a control group that doesn't buy into the charm idea...my guess is the performance of control will equal that with charm...
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