19-05 Segment 2: Superstitions in Sports

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Professional athletes are among the most superstitious of all people. While we may be tempted to think these rituals have no effect on performance, psychologists say that if an athlete believes it helps, then it actually does. Experts explain how superstitions work in sports and in life.


  • Dr. Stuart Vyse, author, Believing In Magic: The Psychology of Superstition
  • Dr. Alex Lickerman, author, The Undefeated Mind

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