Why do people get superstitious in some situations but not others?

I bet that deep down inside, most of us know that our superstitions aren’t real. But even so, you’ll sometimes see even the most logic-driven scientists crossing their fingers when clicking “submit” to send off their slaved-over manuscripts to journals. So why do some situations bring out the superstition more than others? To investigate this question, these researchers tested which types of goals drove participants to superstitious behaviors. Turns out that people are more likely to turn to

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