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<strong>Original citation:</strong> JL Risen, T Gilovich (2008). Why people are reluctant to tempt fate. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95.2: 293-307. <strong>Target of replication:</strong> "The authors hypothesized that System 2 processes can act to suppress irrational aversion to tempting fate, and thus that under a cognitive load that preoccupies System 2 resources, the effect tempting fate on perceived likelihood of bad luck would be magnified. Study 6, the target of replication, assessed this possibility by manipulating in a between-subjects factorial design the behavior of a character in a scenario (had done the assigned reading vs. had not) and the presence of cognitive load (load vs. no load) on participants. The key finding, as predicted, was a significant interaction between behavior and load, such that the presence of cognitive load increased the effect of tempting fate vs. not." Quoted from the replication report, available in the files section of this project.