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Energy to invest in finding truth and dispelling false or misleading information is at a peak point in education. Momentum can perhaps come from no better place than educating learners on how we come to know through the scientific method. In this e-book, educators describe their on-the-ground experience working to dispel psychological myths, mistruths, and misconceptions. The first chapters in the e-book describe teaching strategies that can be adapted to a wide variety of classes. Next, chapters describing lessons specific to subdisciplines in psychology, such as clinical psychology, are included. Finally, the last two chapters in the book describe applications for addressing myths, mistruths, and misconceptions across the psychology program and in career exploration.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Chapter 1. Using the Fact/Myth/Fallacy Essay to Address Psychological Misconceptions in the Classroom 7
Chapter 2. Changing Minds in the Classroom: The Effects of Counter-Attitudinal Advocacy 18
Chapter 3. Teaching Science via Assessment of Paranormal Claims 24
Chapter 4. Not Just Mind Over Matter: Overcoming Misconceptions about Psychological Disorders 31
Chapter 5. Do You Have a Left Brain or a Right Brain Personality? An Elementary School Lesson in a College Classroom 38
Chapter 6. Mythbusting Toolkit: Applying Scientific Literacy Skills to the Evaluation of Myths and Misconceptions 46
Chapter 7. A Step Beyond Transforming Misconceptions: Using Photovoice Pedagogy to Foster Transformative Learning in Educational Psychology Courses 55
Chapter 8. To Refute or Not Refute, That is the Question: The Case for Creating Myth Debunking Posters with Psychology Students 62
Chapter 9. Building information literacy through consideration of claims in psychology: Evaluating credibility and evidence in sources 71
Chapter 10. “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”: Why Critical Thinking Is Critical When Searching for Information on The Internet 92
Chapter 11. Right, Wrong, or Somewhere in Between? Using a Multi-step Project to Promote Deep Learning and Creative, Critical Thinking About a Myth or Misconception 96
Chapter 12. Buckle Your Seatbelts, It’s Time to Study Myths and Misconceptions 114
Chapter 13. Building a Foundation of Critical Thinking, Scientific Inquiry, and Communication as Essential Skills for the Psychology Major 130
Chapter 14. Careers in Psychology: Challenging the Myth that the Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Leads to Only One Career Pathway 144

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Suggested Reference Format

For the overall text, reference the book in this fashion:
Lassonde, K. A., & Birkett, M. (Editors.). (2021). Psychological myths, mistruths and misconceptions: Curriculum-based strategies for knowledge change. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Individual chapters should be referenced in this fashion:
Kowalski, P., & Taylor, A. J. (2021). Using the fact/myth/fallacy essay to address psychological misconceptions in the classroom. In K. Lassonde & M. Birkett (Editors.), Psychological myths, mistruths and misconceptions: Curriculum-based strategies for knowledge change (pp. 6-20). Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

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