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Social Science Research Explores Psychological Effects Of Rituals

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: A fan of the Green Bay Packers with a cheese head cheers against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC wild-card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals won the game 51-45 in overtime. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
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Shankar Vedantam is the host and creator of Hidden Brain. The Hidden Brain podcast receives more than three million downloads per week. The Hidden Brain radio show is distributed by NPR and featured on nearly 400 public radio stations around the United States.