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PsychCrunch is the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, currently featuring presenters Ginny Smith, Ella Rhodes, Emily Reynolds, Jon Sutton and Matthew Warren, with past episodes presented by Dr Christian Jarrett. Each episode we explore whether the findings from psychological science can make a difference in real life. Just how should we live, according to psychology? We speak to psychologists about their research and whether they apply what they’ve discovered in their own lives.

Our sponsors Routledge Psychology are giving PsychCrunch listeners the chance to discover even more ground-breaking research: free access to 5 articles of your choosing from over 4.5 million at tandfonline.com, plus a 20% discount on books at routledge.com.

Listen to our latest episode, number 30, on the psychology of superstitions:

From carefully avoiding cracks in the pavement to saluting every magpie that you meet, superstitious behaviour is really common. But why do we have superstitions? Where do they come from? And are they helpful or harmful? 

To find out, our presenter Ginny Smith talks to Stuart Vyse, former professor of psychology at Connecticut College and author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. Ginny also chats to Laramie Taylor, professor of communication at the University of California Davis, who explains how superstition and magical thinking is linked to being a fan of both fiction and sports.

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Past episodes:

Episode one: Dating and Attraction
Episode two: Breaking Bad Habits
Episode three: How to Win an Argument
Episode four: The Psychology of Gift Giving
Episode five: How To Learn a New Language
Episode six: How To Be Sarcastic 😉
Episode seven: Use Psychology To Compete Like an Olympian.
Episode eight: Can We Trust Psychological Studies?
Episode nine: How To Get The Best From Your Team
Episode ten: How To Stop Procrastinating
Episode eleven: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Episode twelve: How To Be Funnier
Episode thirteen: How to Study and Learn More Effectively
Episode fourteen: Psychological Tricks To Make Your Cooking Taste Better
Episode fifteen: Is Mindfulness A Panacea Or Overhyped And Potentially Problematic?
Bonus episode (sixteen): What’s It Like To Have No Mind’s Eye?
Episode seventeen: How To Make Running Less Painful And More Fun
Episode eighteen: How To Boost Your Creativity
Episode nineteen: Should We Worry About Screen Time?
Episode twenty: How To Cope With Pain
Episode twenty-one: How To Stay Connected In The “New Normal”
Episode twenty-two: Drifting Minds — Maladaptive Daydreaming And The Hypnagogic State
Episode twenty-three: Whose Psychology Is It Anyway? Making Psychological Research More Representative
Episode twenty-four: How Children Learn Through Play
Episode twenty-five: How To Change Your Personality
Episode twenty-six: How Has The Covid-19 Pandemic Affected Our Mental Health?
Episode twenty-seven: The Psychologist Presents… At Latitude Festival 2021 — Child Food Poverty
Episode twenty-eight: Why Songs Get Stuck In Our Heads
Episode twenty-nine: Why do people share false information — and what can we do about it?
Episode thirty: The psychology of superstitions

PsychCrunch is sponsored by Routledge Psychology.

Routledge interviewed PsychCrunch presenter Christian Jarrett about the aims of the podcast and engaging with the public about psychology research.