50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior

Book - 2010
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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students and laypersons to distinguish science from pseudoscience.
  • Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology
  • Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', and 'handwriting reveals your personality'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting kit' for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life
  • Teaches essential critical thinking skills through detailed discussions of each myth
  • Includes over 200 additional psychological myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of useful Web Sites for examining psychological myths
  • Features a postscript of remarkable psychological findings that sound like myths but that are true
  • Engaging and accessible writing style that appeals to students and lay readers alike

Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex : Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, c2010
ISBN: 9781405131124
Characteristics: xx, 332 p. : ill ; 23 cm


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Apr 05, 2017

A lot of surprises about things people believe that turn out to be exaggerations, extrapolations, generalizations and some stuff that was just made up. Teaches you to be skeptical of even things that you read in an academic journal.

Mar 29, 2011

Ultimately, this is myth-busting by literature review...but the myths it covers makes this book a good resource and general read.
Knowledge everyone should have. Required reading.

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