Getting Wise to Pseudoscience

No, you can’t be hypnotized into a trance. No, people with schizophrenia don’t have multiple personalities. But plenty of people believe these myths masquerading as facts. Psychological scientists have not only exposed the weak evidence for many widespread misconceptions, but can recommend strategies to help us to distinguish true science from bunk.

  • Courses can be designed to employ active learning experiences that combat the illusions and misconceptions students bring with them to the classroom. More

    Overturning Myths in Introductory Psychology

    Courses can be designed to employ active learning experiences that combat the illusions and misconceptions students bring with them to the classroom. More

  • Why would someone so dedicated to advancing psychological science teach his students about junk science? Emory University professor Scott O. Lilienfeld explains why that method works. More

    Using Pseudoscience to Shine Light on Good Science

    Why would someone so dedicated to advancing psychological science teach his students about junk science? Emory University professor Scott O. Lilienfeld explains why that method works. More

  • Researchers discuss some of the common misconceptions about people proficient in the art of deception, and reviews the shortcomings of commonly used lie-detection techniques. More

    Lie Detection: Misconceptions, Pitfalls, and Opportunities for Improvement

    Researchers discuss some of the common misconceptions about people proficient in the art of deception, and reviews the shortcomings of commonly used lie-detection techniques. More

  • Violent individuals are often assumed to suffer from a long history of mental illness that compels them to act destructively, but a psychological study suggests that the link between psychosis and aggressive acts is weak. More

    Psychosis and Violence Aren’t Strongly Linked

    Violent individuals are often assumed to suffer from a long history of mental illness that compels them to act destructively, but a psychological study suggests that the link between psychosis and aggressive acts is weak. More

  • A systematic review doesn't disprove the myth linking creativity and mood disorders but it shows there's little evidence for it. More

    No Clear Link Between Creativity and Mood Disorders

    A systematic review doesn't disprove the myth linking creativity and mood disorders but it shows there's little evidence for it. More

  • Transcranial direct-current stimulation may be growing in popularity, but research suggests that it probably does not add meaningful benefit to cognitive training. More

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    No Evidence That Brain-Stimulation Technique Boosts Cognitive Training

    Transcranial direct-current stimulation may be growing in popularity, but research suggests that it probably does not add meaningful benefit to cognitive training. More

  • Science is revealing that the negative stereotypes about the generation born between 1980 and 2000 are inaccurate. More

    Study Busts Some Myths about Millennials

    Science is revealing that the negative stereotypes about the generation born between 1980 and 2000 are inaccurate. More

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