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Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Eugene Subbotsky

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In children, magical thinking has traditionally been viewed as an immature form of thinking that is destined to diminish with age. With some exceptions, the study of magical thinking and magical ... More


Children and Magic

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In Chapter 2 (“Children and Magic”), various issues of magical beliefs in children are discussed. It starts with a brief analysis of Piaget's famous description of magical reasoning in children. It ... More


Magical Reality

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 1 (“Magical Reality”) covers conceptual issues. Despite the popular view that the concept of “real magic” is a contradiction in terms, the point is made that not only can ... More


Magical Thinking and Beliefs Across the Lifespan: A Summary

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 12 (“Magical Thinking and Beliefs Across the Lifespan: A Summary”) gives an overview the data reviewed in the book and presents a new theory about the development of ... More


Verbal Magical Beliefs and Children's Everyday Experience

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In Chapter 3 (“Verbal Magical Beliefs and Children's Everyday Experience”), the problem of entrenchment of magical beliefs in children of various ages is examined. The development of magical beliefs ... More


Magical Beliefs and Psychological Defense

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 10 (“Magical Beliefs and Psychological Defense”) considers defense strategies that people use to protect themselves against magical suggestion. Indeed, being totally ... More


Magic and Human Communication

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 9 (“Magic and Human Communication”) concentrates on theoretical and experimental research on “mind-over-mind” magic. Referring to anthropological data, it argues that in ... More


Beyond Childhood

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Chapter 5 (“Beyond Childhood”) presents anthropological and psychological research on magical thinking in adults. It argues not only that magical thinking does not disappear in ... More


Magical Thinking and Imagination

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195393873
eISBN:
9780199776979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In Chapter 8 (“Magical Thinking and Imagination”), the issue of how magical thinking works in the domain of nonphysical (imagined) reality is analyzed. The chapter begins with an overview of studies ... More


Civility and the Decline of Magic

ALAN MACFARLANE

in Civil Histories: Essays Presented to Sir Keith Thomas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207108
eISBN:
9780191677496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207108.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the impact of the cosmological shift in early modern Europe on civility. This shift from a magical and religion-dominated ... More


The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: Mid-Century Scepticism and its Milieu

Michael Hunter

in The Decline of Magic: Britain in the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300243581
eISBN:
9780300249460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300243581.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the state of affairs in the mid-eighteenth century. It also explores the extent to which a medical approach to magic and related phenomena became fashionable among intellectuals ... More


Black Magic in Modern Times

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that the history of black magic in modern times is a cosmopolitan drama. Human movement rapidly accelerated from the nineteenth century. People, goods, technologies, and ideas ... More


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