Department of Psychology
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Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

Fri, July 27, 2012
Dr. Cristine Legare, author of study
Dr. Cristine Legare, author of study

Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural rituals that require a high degree of time and effort, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The study, published in the June issue of Cognition, is the first psychological analysis of how people of various cultures evaluate the efficacy of ritual beliefs. The findings provide new insight into cognitive reasoning processes — and how people intuitively make sense out of the unknown. more >

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