Hauntings, homeopathy, and the Hopkinsville Goblins: using pseudoscience to teach scientific thinking
AuthorSchmaltz, R; Lilienfeld, SO
Source TitleFrontiers in Psychology
PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
University of Melbourne Author/sLilienfeld, Scott
AffiliationMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSchmaltz, R. & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2014). Hauntings, homeopathy, and the Hopkinsville Goblins: using pseudoscience to teach scientific thinking. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 5 (APR), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00336.
Access StatusOpen Access
With access to information ever increasing, it is essential that students acquire the skills to distinguish fact from fiction. By incorporating examples of pseudoscience into lectures, instructors can provide students with the tools needed to understand the difference between scientific and pseudoscientific or paranormal claims. We discuss examples involving psychics, ghosts, aliens, and other phenomena in relation to scientific thinking. In light of research literature demonstrating that presenting and dispelling scientific misconceptions in the classroom is an effective means of countering non-scientific or pseudoscientific beliefs, we provide examples of pseudoscience that can be used to help students acquire healthy skepticism while avoiding cynicism.
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