01.24 Thusday - Thursday January 24th 2008 Modern Myths 1...

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Thursday, January 24 th , 2008 Modern Myths: 1. We use only 10% of our brains- False: everything is used at different times 2. A drink of alcohol kills about 3000 brain cells- Uncertain: over time, big damage occurs 3. Hypnosis won't make people do anything that they wouldn't do otherwise- Uncertain, what is normal? 4. More violent acts occur under a full moon- False, happen to notice full moons a. Illusionary Correlation 5. To change behavior, you first have to change attitude- False 6. Infants can recognize their mother's voice on first day of birth- True The Scientific Method: 1. Theory- an explanation using an integrated set of principals that organizes and predicts behaviors, events, or observations. 2. Hypothesis- a testable prediction, often implied by a theory 3. Experiment- a research method in which an investigator manipulates one or more factors to observe the effect on some behavior or mental process. By random assignment of participants, the experimenter aims to control other relevant factors 4. Statistical Analysis-
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