Habit and Superstition Habit plays role in learning and behavioral plasticity. Walking under ladders What all this shows is that superstitions can provide reassurance and can help to reduce anxiety in some people.
Those who were best at finding patterns left behind the most offspring. PMID: Superstition produces a false sense of having control over outer conditions , reduces anxieties  and is prevalent in conditions of absence of confidence, insecurity, fear and threat, stress and anxiety.
The world can be explained considering the relationships between inanimate objects and tool making . Dayton baseball players try to bring good luck by twirling their fingers.
An observed regularity is easily accepted to us as real, if we find a plausible mechanism behind it .