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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology - Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior (Great Myths of Psychology)


50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology - Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior (Great Myths of Psychology)

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    Scott O. Lilienfeld(Author) Steven Jay Lynn(Contributor) John Ruscio(Contributor) Barry L. Beyerstein(Contributor)&1more
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

"Written in an accessible and entertaining style, the book examines a wide range of myths from all areas of psychology. . . Accordingly, the book is a much–needed antidote to the avalanche of misinformation that masquerades as psychology and should be required reading for anyone with a passing interest in psychology or, for that matter, the human condition." (Department of Psychology, 1 June 2011)

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  • By Jasonín d'Asturies on 19 March 2014

    This was an enjoyable light read, great for the train or the bus. I was not always convinced by the myth-busting, since too definitive a "bust" comes across as just as shallow as too definitive a "myth". Good entertaining stuff though and a great tool for sceptics.

  • By Marc on 6 January 2014

    If you like facts this is a book for you. It's a de-bunkers book and you can infuriate your friends by 'shooting down in flames' many of those wrongly held psychology myths!

  • By Gordon Ross on 6 December 2011

    "Opposites attract", "you only use 10% of your brain", and "people are more depressed on Mondays" are just some of the myths that people accept as fact, when they are in fact totally false. This book debunks some of the popular misconceptions about human behavior that are in circulation, and shows that fact is far more interesting than fiction. This book is aimed at psychology students and anyone interested in psychology and behavior. It offers fascinating examples of how science works, supports critical thinking, and counters some of the pseudo-science circulating in popular culture.This book presents scientific evidence disproving a variety of myths that seem like they ought to be true, and explains why people fall prey to such falsehoods. The book tackles psychological myths about brain power, learning, perception, feelings, memory, mood, mental illness and more.The book has a postscript of psychological findings that are strange but true, such as the behavioral study with pigeons, where they were successfully taught to distinguish between the paintings of Monet and Picasso! Or the study that shows that dogs do resemble their owners! Fact not fiction!The book is fully referenced and has recommendations for further reading.The authors are all well respected professors of psychology at leading universities in the US and Canada.

  • By Antony Bartlett on 28 July 2010

    An informative and enjoyable read - somehow those pages just kept on turning. Well argued and well referenced (unobtrusively). Now I'm noticing these myths as they crop up in everyday life.

  • By Mr. Barry Keylock on 11 October 2011

    Contains thoroughly researched mini-topics that dispel many current misunderstandings. Provides good material for starting discussions, both in the classroom or at a dinner party.

  • By PETER on 4 July 2013

    The authors in this book discuss and debunk 50 commonly held misconceptions about the human mind and psychology and have done an excellent job at setting these at explaining these. As a general reader, I found the topics interesting and insightful without being to heavy on theory.It is a good counterweight against many of the baseless psychological claims that are out there.

  • By Hwratty on 5 May 2012

    I bought this for my daughter. She says it is useful in her studies offering differnt ideas to extend her understanding of this topic,

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