11 May 2010, JellyBean @ 7:55 pm

They are taken to exams, job interviews and weddings in the hope they will bring good fortune.
But rather than being mere superstition, lucky charms do actually work, psychologists claim.
Researchers told half the golfers on a putting green that they were playing with a lucky ball, and the rest that they were playing with a normal one.

The research found that golfers given a ’lucky ball’ managed to sink 35 per cent more putts than those who were playing with an ordinary ball
Those with the lucky ball sank 6.4 putts out of 10, nearly two more putts on average than the others – an increase of of 35 per cent.

The results have sparked huge interest among behavioural psychologists who say they put luck in a different light.

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