Skeptical analysis of psychological science as practiced and popularized in the media. Analysis of discrepancies between media and scientific claims regarding areas such as repressed memory, brain imaging, heritability, and psychotherapy. Additional examination of scientific career demands such as peer review, journal publication, and research funding. These topics are interwoven with a review of common errors in reasoning particularly with respect to probabilistic reasoning and the public misperception of the practice and principles of scientific psychology. PREREQ: Psych 100B, Junior or Senior standing,and completion of 6 units of advanced home-based psychology.
Course Attributes: EN S; AS SSC; AS WI I; FA SSC; AR HUM