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Chapter 1 Psychology, Pseudoscience, and Popular Opinion Some forms of psychobabble play on the appeal of technology. Unsupported popular opinion vs. findings based on research evidence. Beliefs promoted in popular culture are based on personal experience or “common sense” Astrologers and psychics influence a wide range of people but cannot be scientifically supported. Psychobabble exists because it gives people a sense of control and predictability. Our brain looks for patterns even when patterns may not exist. Psychobabble agrees with our beliefs and prejudices and scientific psychology challenges them. Thinking Critically and Creatively About Psychology Critical thinking: the ability and willingness to assess claims and make objective judgments on the basis of well-supported reasons and evidence rather than emotion or anecdote. If your opinion ignores reality it is not equal to any other. Ask Questions Be Willing To Wonder o Trigger mechanism for creative thinking is curiosity.
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