Do you touch wood for luck, or avoid hotel rooms on floor thirteen? Would you cross the path of a black cat, or step under a ladder? Despite the dominance of science in today’s world, superstitious beliefs – both traditional and new – remain surprisingly popular. Stuart Vyse explores the nature and surprising history of superstition from antiquity to the present including a look at the new superstitions surrounding COVID19.

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Stuart Vyse is a behavioural scientist, teacher, and writer. He is a contributing editor for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, for which he writes the “Behavior & Belief” column. The first edition of his book Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition won the William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association He is in demand as an expert on superstition and irrational behaviour, with academic interests in decision-making, behavioral economics, philosophy, behaviour analysis, and belief in the paranormal.

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