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Unformatted text preview: 1. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence (if you claim bigfoot is real, must have more than blurry photos) 2. For a claim to be meaningful, it must be falsifiable (must be able to be disproved) 3. Occams Razor: If two hypotheses explain a phenomenon, select the simpler one 4. A finding must be capable of being replicated (a study and its findings must be able to be replicated step by step) 5. Do more research until alternate hypotheses can be ruled out (placebo effect) 6. Correlation does not equal causation (two events happening at same time does not mean that one is causing the other) My GOAL in this class is to Think Scientifically Become aware of your biases and think in a way that minimizes errors Who are psychologists? What do they do? Basic research: Examines how the mind works Applied research: Uses the basic research in the real world...
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- Fall '08