Topic: Cristine Legare

From Rituals to Geopolitics: Navigating the World Cup

July 11, 2014

The FIFA World Cup is a monthlong celebration of fútbol, rituals and even international geopolitical relations. As the Brazil World Cup draws to a close, we've got a couple of experts to help us navigate what's happening off the field.

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Coming Up with Explanations Helps Children Develop Cause-and-Effect Thinking Skills, Study Shows

April 22, 2014

Asking children to come up with explanations even to themselves enhances their cause-and-effect learning abilities, according to new psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Young Children Quickly Adopt Ritualistic Behavior, Study Shows

Sept. 17, 2013

Although rituals such as shaking hands or saying, "bless you" after a sneeze don't make practical sense, these arbitrary social conventions give people a sense of belonging in a particular social group. And according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin, even preschool children are quick to conform to ritualistic behavior.

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People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows

Aug. 30, 2012

Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events, such as death and illness, often increases rather than declines with age, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin. The study, published in the June issue of Child Development, offers new insight into developmental learning.

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Repetitious, Time-Intensive Magical Rituals Considered More Effective, Study Shows

July 26, 2012

Even in this modern age of science, people are likely to find logic in supernatural rituals that require a high degree of time and effort, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

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