Topic: Supernatural rituals

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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