Chapter 1 Vocabulary - Psychology Chapter 1: Popula r...

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Psychology Chapter 1: Popular psychology industry : sprawling network of everyday sources of information about human behavior Naïve realize : belief that we see the world precisely as it is Communalism : willingness to share our findings with others Disinterestedness : attempt to be objective when evaluating the evidence Confirmation bias : tendency to seek out evidence that supports our hypotheses and neglect or distort evidence that contradicts them Belief perseverance : tendency to stick to our initial beliefs even when evidence contradicts them Scientific theory : explanation for a larger number of findings in the natural world Hypothesis : testable prediction derived from a theory Scientific skepticism : approach of evaluating all claims with an open mind, but insisting on persuasive evidence before accepting them Pathological skepticism : tendency to dismiss any claims that contradict our beliefs Oberg’s dictum : premise that we should keep our minds open, but not so open that we believe virtually everything
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course PYSCH 111 taught by Professor Malley during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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