Facilitated communication notes (FEB. 8) - Facilitated communication A cautionary tale But Allegations of brutal sexual abuse Controlled studies

Facilitated communication notes (FEB. 8) - Facilitated...

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Facilitated communication: A cautionary tale But … Allegations of brutal sexual abuse Controlled studies suggested words came solely from the minds of the facilitators Much like a Ouija board It is still difficult for proper research findings to get into the mainstream Dangers of Pseudoscience applied to FC Opportunity cost? - They could have been learning something that was actually beneficial to them Direct harm? - The families were drastically affected by false accusations - Made other facilitators feel bad Hinder our ability to think critically? Why we need research designs Why do we have to learn about this? Facilitated communication tells us why.. along with other pseudoscience treatments Even intelligent, well educated people can fall for this stuff without knowledge about research design Research design employed in FC studies How did they determine who was producing the words typed? Heuristics: Heuristics: mental shortcuts or rules of thumb -
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  • Spring '12
  • Psychology, Exam score, Base Rate Fallacy, Test specific hypotheses, brutal sexual abuse, proper research findings

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