By Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|Wiley||Wiley-BlackwellAdult NonfictionPsychologyLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 21.01.2010Street date: 15.09.2011

ISBN-10: 1444360744

ISBN-13: 9781444360745

50 nice Myths of renowned Psychology makes use of well known myths as a car for aiding scholars and laypersons to tell apart technology from pseudoscience.

  • Uses universal myths as a motor vehicle for exploring find out how to distinguish authentic from fictional claims in renowned psychology
  • Explores themes that readers will relate to, yet usually misunderstand, comparable to 'opposites attract', 'people use purely 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting package' for comparing folks psychology claims in daily life
  • Teaches crucial serious pondering abilities via certain discussions of every fable
  • Includes over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of necessary sites for reading mental myths
  • Features a postscript of exceptional mental findings that sound like myths yet which are actual
  • Engaging and available writing type that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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1, you’ll see a drawing from a study from the work of Michael McCloskey (1983), who asked college students to predict the path of a ball that has just exited from an enclosed spiral. About half of the undergraduates predicted incorrectly that the ball would continue to travel in a spiral path after exiting, as shown on the right side of the figure (in fact, the ball will travel in a straight path after exiting, as shown on the left side of the figure). These students typic ally invoked commonsense notions like “momentum” when justifying their answers (for example, “The ball started traveling in a certain way, so it will just keep going that way”).

Perhaps most parents who physically abuse their children harbor a genetic tendency toward aggressiveness, which they pass on to their children. Indeed, there’s good research evidence that aggressiveness is partly influenced by genes (Krueger, Hicks, & McGue, 2001). This genetic tendency (C) could result in a correlation between a childhood physical abuse history (A) and later aggression in individuals with this history (B), even though A and B may be causally unrelated to each other (DiLalla & Gottesman, 1991).

For each myth, we also discuss what we know to be true regarding each topic, thereby imparting genuine psycholo gical knowledge that readers can take with them and apply to their every day lives. Several of the 50 myths are accompanied by brief “Mythbusting: A Closer Look” boxes that examine a closely allied myth. Each chapter concludes with a set of other myths to explore—250 in all—along with helpful suggested references for tracking down these myths. Instructors in psychology classes may find many of these additional myths handy as presentation or term paper topics to assign to their students.

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