Next time you start to doubt your lucky charm, think of this. In a German study, volunteers gave researchers their good luck charms. Only half the participants were given them back while playing a computer memory game, and those who had their lucky charm did better at the game than those without. So are the items really lucky or is it something else? (take the jump to read more)
“Superstition increases people’s confidence,” says Lysann Damisch, one of the study’s co-authors and a social psychologist at Germany’s University of Cologne. “In other words, if you have your lucky charm close by, you feel more confident and secure about the following task, which makes you try harder and perform better.” So that lucky pair of underwear? It works. But hey, for your sake and the sake of others, they work better when you wash them.