On being lucky: The psychology and parapsychology of luck

Matthew D Smith, Richard Wiseman, Peter Harris, Richard Joiner

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Presents a preliminary report of recent work that examines the psychology and parapsychology of luck and outlines proposals for future work in this area. The paper first considers potential explanations both normal and paranormal for perceived luckiness, including, selective recall of life experiences, different interpretations of the same events, unconscious detection and utilisation of information and psi. The paper then outlines a flexible methodology for assessing the validity of these potential explanations and discusses the effect that perceived luckiness may have on individuals' perception of themselves, their behaviour and decision making. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Parapsychology
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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