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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Shattering Widespread by Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John

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

50 nice Myths of well known Psychology makes use of well known myths as a automobile for supporting scholars and laypersons to tell apart technological know-how from pseudoscience.

  • Uses universal myths as a motor vehicle for exploring tips on how to distinguish genuine from fictional claims in renowned psychology
  • Explores issues that readers will relate to, yet frequently misunderstand, akin to 'opposites attract', 'people use in basic terms 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting package' for comparing folks psychology claims in way of life
  • Teaches crucial serious considering abilities via designated discussions of every fable
  • Includes over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of worthwhile websites for analyzing mental myths
  • Features a postscript of outstanding mental findings that sound like myths yet which are precise
  • Engaging and available writing type that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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1) Word-of-Mouth Many incorrect folk psychology beliefs are spread across multiple generations by verbal communication. For example, because the phrase “opposites attract” is catchy and easily remembered, people tend to pass it on to others. Many urban legends work the same way. For example, you may have heard the story about alligators living in the New York City sewer system or about the well-intentioned but foolish woman who placed her wet poodle in a microwave to dry it off, only to have it explode.

For example, jurors who believe incorrectly that memory operates like a videotape may vote to convict a defendant on the basis of confidently held, but inaccurate, eyewitness testimony (see Myth #11). In addition, parents who believe incorrectly that punishment is usually an effective means of changing long-term behavior may spank their children whenever they misbehave, only to find that their children’s undesirable actions become more frequent over time (see p. 97). (2) Psychological myths can cause indirect damage.

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