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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 102
Professor
David Klonsky
Semester
Winter

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Psychology 102 Chapter 1 – Jan. 9 2013 Order in Random Events - Given random data, we look for order and meaningful patterns. Confirmation Bias - we attend to what we agree with and ignore what we don’t. - Examples: study on attitudes towards capital punishment - Beliefs would go even more towards the polar extremes - Solar Eclipse Example - Phrenology Example  skull shape determines personality When it comes to knowing “truth” 1. We can’t trust our own personal experiences 2. We can’t trust opinions of friends, relatives 3. We can’t trust the opinions of “smart” people Scientific Method - best protection against poor
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