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dc.contributor.authorMarkle, Donald Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:46:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:46:31Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifier.othermarkle_donald_t_200708_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/markle_donald_t_200708_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24219
dc.description.abstractMagical thinking is all around us; it influences our thoughts, actions, and culture. Although magical thinking is a large part of everyday life, there has been little research attempting to determine the possible evolutionary reasons for its seemingly counter productive existence. This thesis proposes a theory that magical thinking can be used as a moderator of anxiety in order to improve an individual’s performance on a task. This study examined the correlation between magical thinking and performance, by having 70 students from the University of Georgia take a cognitive exam during which half of these students were aided by a talisman, while the others received no aid. Results are consistent with the proposed theory; however fail to provide definitive evidence to support it. Data reports that in that in low stress situations, magical thinking has little influence on performance. Further research is needed to determine the influences of magical thinking in highly stressful situations.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMagical Thinking
dc.subjectStress
dc.subjectAnxiety
dc.subjectEvolution
dc.subjectTask Performance
dc.subjectSuperstition
dc.subjectReligion
dc.titleThe magic that binds us
dc.title.alternativestress and superstition
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychology and Instructional Technology
dc.description.majorEducational Psychology
dc.description.advisorStacey Neuharth-Pritchett
dc.description.committeeStacey Neuharth-Pritchett
dc.description.committeeKunghwa Lee
dc.description.committeeShawn M. Glynn


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