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Monday, February 15 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Superstition and Religiosity: The Psychology of Control

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Many psychology studies demonstrate that people are more likely to resort to superstition when they perceive a lack of ability to exert control over their environment. Superstition is highly correlated with religiosity, and this session will delve into the differences (and similarities!) between religious ritual and what psychologists define as superstition. We will also explore the Jewish perspective on superstition and how this relates to the prohibition against idolatry.


Eric Hammerman

Originally from New Jersey, Eric Hamerman lived in Washington DC, North Carolina, Dallas, and New Orleans before coming back to New York in May 2015. Currently a marketing professor in Westchester, Eric divides his time between teaching and conducting research related to consumer... Read More →

Monday February 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST