Magical Thinking

Cultures across the world believe that thoughts can directly impact outcomes. For instance, the believers in the evil-eye claim that if you make a person jealous, that person can cause you harm through nothing more than a glance. In this study, we will investigate whether adults and children believe that intentions or emotions can have a causal impact on an outcome. We specifically investigate the relative contributions of emotions and intentions in the perceived efficacy of magical thinking. The data collected from the Euro-American participants will then be compared to a representative sample of Turkish participants, whom, we anticipate, will demonstrate a stronger belief of mental causation.