50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior

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In a society in which psychological knowledge is shaped as much, if not more, by supermarket tabloids, talk shows, and self-proclaimed "self-help gurus" as it is by the latest scientific advances, here is a book that helps students and the public distinguish fact from fiction in the world of psychology. The authors use popular myths as a vehicle for distinguishing science from pseudoscience. Organized around key topic areas of modern psychology such as brain functioning, perception, development, memory, emotion, intelligence, learning, personality, mental illness, and psychotherapy, this book will help students and laypersons to critically evaluate the information and misinformation that is generated by popular psychology.
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. : Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Description: xx, 332 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781405131117
Branch Call Number: 150 Fif
Additional Contributors: Lilienfeld, Scott O., 1960-


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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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