Psych 101 Module 2 - and predicts observations. A...

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Psych 101 Module 2 Thinking Critically With Psychological Science 25/08/2007 11:53:00 Hindsight bias   (I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon) and judgmental overconfidence  (we think we know more than we do) illustrate why we can not rely solely on intuition  and common sense. Psychologists approach the world with curious skepticism. James Randi debunked many psychic phenomena The scientific method is making observations, forming theories, and then refining the  theories in the light of new observations. theory  is an explanation using an integrated set of principles that organizes 
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Unformatted text preview: and predicts observations. A hypothesis is a testable prediction often implied by a theory. Good theories are explained by 1. Organizing and linking observed facts. 2. Implying hypotheses that offer testable predictions and, sometimes, practical applications. Specific attitudes and behaviors vary across cultures, but the underlying processes are much the same. Behavior does not seem to vary with gender. We study animals to learn more about ourselves. 25/08/2007 11:53:00 25/08/2007 11:53:00...
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2008 for the course PSYCH 1101 taught by Professor Maas, j during the Fall '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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