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The Irrationality of Psychologists

In celebration of its 150th issue, The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest has asked some of the world’s foremost psychologists to share one nagging thing they still don’t understand about themselves. Their responses are varied and fascinating. David Lavallee, for example, wonders about his superstitious golf behaviors: “While I appreciate that carrying the same amount of tees in my pocket during a round will not help me play better, or the action of always marking my golf ball on the green with a coin placed ‘heads-up’ will not influence the outcome (making the putt), I will probably continue to resort to such behaviors as if I was one of Skinner’s pigeons.” [%comments]