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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

ISBN-10: 1444360744

ISBN-13: 9781444360745

50 nice Myths of renowned Psychology makes use of well known myths as a car for aiding scholars and laypersons to differentiate technological know-how from pseudoscience.

  • Uses universal myths as a automobile for exploring how you can distinguish real from fictional claims in well known psychology
  • Explores themes that readers will relate to, yet frequently misunderstand, comparable to 'opposites attract', 'people use in simple terms 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting package' for comparing people psychology claims in lifestyle
  • Teaches crucial severe considering talents via specified discussions of every fantasy
  • Includes over 2 hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of worthy websites for interpreting mental myths
  • Features a postscript of outstanding mental findings that sound like myths yet which are real
  • Engaging and obtainable writing variety that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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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. Even false beliefs that are themselves harmless can inflict significant indirect harm. Economists use the term opportunity cost to refer to the fact that people who seek out ineffective treatments may forfeit the chance to obtain much-needed help.

As a consequence, many people—even students who graduate from college with majors in psychology—know a fair amount about what’s true regarding human behavior, but not much about what’s false (Chew, 2004; Della Sala, 1999, 2007; Herculano-Houzel, 2002; Lilienfeld, 2005b). Before going much further, we should offer a few words of reassur ance. If you believed that all of the myths we presented were true, there’s no reason to feel ashamed, because you’re in awfully good company. Surveys reveal that many or most people in the general population (Furnham, Callahan, & Rawles, 2003; Wilson, Greene, & Loftus, 1986), as well as beginning psychology students (Brown, 1983; Chew, 2004; Gardner & Dalsing, 1986, Lamal, 1979; McCutcheon, 1991; Taylor & Kowalski, 2004; Vaughan, 1977), believe these and other psychological myths.

Why is it important to know about psychological myths? There are at least three reasons: (1) Psychological myths can be harmful. 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.

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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior 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


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