Sunday, March 21, 2010

Look What Happens When You're Not Afraid to Ask Direct Questions

"These data suggest that belief in supernatural sources of control, such as God and karma, may function, in part, to defend against distress associated with randomness, even when the perception of randomness is not related to traumatic events."

Short form discussion here, full paper here. Ever read about Skinner's superstitious pigeons?

What's even better is not only do we not see careers ending over these kinds of investigations, we see whole futures opening up. Over and over again these papers are big stories for the researchers involved. So:

1) Make the world a better place

2) Improve career

Are you a grad student? Or even an undergrad thinking about a paper topic? Then what the hell are you waiting for!?!?

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