Today, when science and rational thought are extolled, why are many people still superstitious?
And as University of Chicago behavioral scientist Jane Risen documents,
Superstitions are not limited to individuals with mental deficits. More than half of surveyed Americans, for example, admit to knocking on wood and almost one in four avoid walking under ladders. Approximately one-third of surveyed college students regularly engage in exam-related superstitions.
In my PsychologyToday.com article today, I offer a number of possible explanations.