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Public Skepticism of Psychology Why Many People Perceive the Study of Human Behavior as Unscientific

  title={Public Skepticism of Psychology Why Many People Perceive the Study of Human Behavior as Unscientific},
  author={R. Nisbett and Joshua Aronson and C. Blair and W. Dickens and James Flynn and D. Halpern},
  • R. Nisbett, Joshua Aronson, +3 authors D. Halpern
  • Published 2014
  • Data indicate that large percentages of the general public regard psychology’s scientific status with considerable skepticism. I examine 6 criticisms commonly directed at the scientific basis of psychology (e.g., psychology is merely common sense, psychology does not use scientific methods, psychology is not useful to society) and offer 6 rebuttals. I then address 8 potential sources of public skepticism toward psychology and argue that although some of these sources reflect cognitive errors (e… CONTINUE READING
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