If you consider yourself superstitious, you've probably run into the kind of people who make fun of you for your beliefs. But now it might be your turn to laugh.
According to a study published in 2010, which was re-surfaced this week by the YouTube channel In59seconds, lucky charms actually have a powerful effect. Of course, that effect is a placebo, but that doesn't mean it isn't working.
Over the course of several experiments, researchers tested subjects on memory, golfing skills, motor dexterity, anagram games and mastering tasks, all while activating good luck superstitions and comparing performances. Among their findings were that people made 35 percent more putts, completed 30 percent more of memory tests and persisted 25 percent longer when solving anagrams. But why?
"Research on both sides of the hypothesized superstition-performance link suggests that perceived self-efficacy (Bandura, 1977)—that is, people's belief in their capabilities to succeed in a particular situation—may play a central role in turning seemingly irrational superstitious thoughts into directly observable performance benefits."
And if you are so certain they don't, consider some of the best athletes in the world: Michael Jordan wore his UNC shorts under his NBA shorts for good luck, Tiger Woods always wore red on Sunday, and Serena Williams once admitted to wearing the same pair of socks for a whole tournament, the study said.
It turns out, the more confident you are because of a lucky charm, the better you'll perform. Check out the video below, which explains the phenomenon in sixty seconds.