50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

By: Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio,Barry L. Beyerstein

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405131124
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Synopsis

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

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