Give people control, and they make better decisions

Having control “protects a person from spotting false patterns that aren’t there, from believing in conspiracies and from developing superstitions.”

Identifying “coherent and meaningful relationships between things we observe” helps us parse the past and predict the future. This reduces the perception of random unpredictability and gives us a sense of control over our lives.

More details of the research in Lacking control drives false conclusions, conspiracy theories and superstitions.

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