Believing in Magic

Believing in Magic : Psychology of Superstition

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We all live in a world of uncertainty, but why do many people, who are quite sensible about other aspects of their lives, respond to this uncertainty with superstitious beliefs or actions? To answer this question, Stuart Vyse examines current behavioural research and shows that everyday superstitions are the natural result of several well-understood psychological processes. Written in a style that is both entertaining and informative, this book demonstrates how complex - even paradoxical - human behaviour can be understood through scientific more

Product details

  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, 14 line drawings, bibliography, references, index
  • 0195078829
  • 9780195078824

Table of contents

1.: Believing in Magic. 2.: The Superstitious Person. 3.: Superstition and Coincidence. 4.: Superstitious Thinking. 5.: Growing-up Superstitious. 6.: Is Superstition Abnormal, Irrational, or Neither?. 7.: A Magical View of the World. References. Indexshow more

Review quote

"Believing in Magic is an engaging introduction to psychology focused on a topic, superstition, of inherent interest to us all."--Valerie M. Chase, The Boston Book Reviewshow more

About Stuart A. Vyse

Stuart A. Vyse is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Connecticut more

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