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Mar 2, 2017

Rabbit, rabbit! New month, new theme, everyone!

Ever wonder why we believe in luck and superstitions? In the simplest terms, our brains are wired to look for patterns and it’s not just human brains. And once we determine the effects of a certain pattern, our brains make that connection between our behavior and the effect, even if they aren’t scientifically connected. And this could be for good luck or bad luck.

For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck. In this episode, we’re starting the series with a general look at how humans have believed in luck and superstitions, as well as a look at just how often we don’t notice we do things out of habit that may be considered superstitious.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Luck and Superstitions.

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Sources:

http://simonedigital.com/avoid-broken-hair-by-not-going-outside-with-wet-hair-in-the-winter/

http://icedjamb.com/humans-arent-the-only-ones-who-believe-in-superstitions/

http://www.simplypsychology.org/classical-conditioning.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=248041250

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-18136,00.html

https://www.psychologistworld.com/superstition.php

http://totallyhistory.com/salem-witch-trials/

http://www.pitlanemagazine.com/cultures/belief-in-superstitions-and-their-effect-on-our-lives.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_executed_for_witchcraft#cnote_A