Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal Readings for General Psychology

ISBN-10: 0131941011

ISBN-13: 9780131941014

Edition: 2007

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Description: For courses in Introductory Psychology, Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning. nbsp; This topically organized text integrates naturally with the flow of all introductory psychology courses presenting the differences between science and pseudoscience in a fun and interesting way.nbsp; Timothy Lawson usesnbsp;original sources to address the numerous pseudoscientific claims that students are exposed to through the media, the Internet and pop psychology books.

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List price: $41.20
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Preface
What Is Pseudoscience?
Science Versus Pseudoscience
Methodological and Statistical Reasoning
Why bogus therapies seem to work
The suggestibility of young children
On the belief that arthritis pain is related to the weather
The "Mozart Effect": An example of the scientific method in operation
Neuroscience and Consciousness
Whence cometh the myth that we only use 10% of our brains?
Can minds leave bodies? A cognitive science perspective
Dream interpretation and false beliefs
Child Development
Common myths of children's behavior
Separating fact from fiction in the etiology and treatment of autism: A scientific review of the evidence
Project Dare: No effects at 10-year follow-up
Sensation and Perception
What's that I smell? The claims of aromatherapy
What you expect is what you believe (but not necessarily what you get): A test of the effectiveness of subliminal self-help audiotapes
Psychic crime detectives: A new test for measuring their successes and failures
Learning and Memory
Different strokes for different folks? A critique of learning styles
Past-life identities, UFO abductions, and satanic ritual abuse: The social reconstruction of memories
Memory recovery techniques in psychotherapy: Problems and pitfalls
Cognition
Nostradamus's clever 'clairvoyance': The power of ambiguous specificity
Like goes with like: The role of representativeness in erroneous and pseudoscientific beliefs
Some systematic biases of everyday judgment
Personality and Psychological Testing
What's wrong with this picture?
Polygraph testing and sexual abuse: The lure of the magic Lasso
A position statement by the International Graphonomics Society on the use of graphology in personnel selection testing
Psychological Disorders and Therapies
Multiple personality disorder: Witchcraft survives in the twentieth century
Can we really tap our problems away? A critical analysis of thought field therapy
Perception of conventional sensory cues as an alternative to the postulated "human energy field" of therapeutic touch
Social Psychology
Mass delusions and hysterias: Highlights from the past millennium
How to sell a pseudoscience
The social psychology of false confessions: Compliance, internalization, and confabulation
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