Ep. 53: Triskakittyphobia (Kumar et al., 2004)


It’s all cats, alcohol, and death this week at the Journal Club. In this Halloween hangover episode, Leah and Amielle are exploring irrational mistakes in cognition by exploring the behavior of believing superstitions. There’s big discussions about the movie Cats, the god Frya, curses, and packing cellulite. Even though your tonsils are safe, keep your fingers crossed and avoid redheads. Also, Japanese baseball players.

  • Superstition Citations: 
    • Around 21 min: Superstition and post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Kumar et al., (2004)
    • Malinowski Goes to College: Factors Influencing Students’ Use of Ritual and Superstition. Rudski & Edwards (2010)
    • Superstitious Behavior Among American and Japanese Professional Baseball Players. Burger & Lynn (2010). 
    • Medicine and magic. Hughes & French (2002)
    • Lunar cycle in homicides: a population-based time series study in Finland. Näyhä (2018)
    • Accessed October 31 2022, https://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/FridaytheThirteenth.html
    • Hunting success of lions affected by the moon’s phase in a wooded habitat. Preston et al. (2019)
    • Further reading: “Superstition” in the Pigeon. Skinner (1948)

    Other Citations

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