Credit to: Chuck Schallhorn
For years I have struggled with coming up with great examples and additional research that had not
been dealt with by the introductory texts. Now I have that book I've been looking for. Some highlights and observations
from my dog-eared copy:
- judging people's expertise by our own narrowly ranged knowledge base
- being seduced by character is something we do when attributing explanations of behavior
- using famous people in advertising testimonials--do they really use the products they are hawking?
- realizing that situations are often invisible to us--we need to learn how to see them and their
influence (the tools in this book can help me do this with my students)
- Numerous explanations of situations and the influence of context on people's behavior ("what's wrong
with these people?"
- The wisdom of crowds--how real is it? when should we use/avoid it?
- Asch's study, conformity and mimicry of nonverbal behavior
- Who are you? An examination of self-definition that is flexible by situation and context
- What we think we will do and what we do are often very different things--some research
- A breakdown of the Singer-Schacter experiment--some details that are missing in the textbooks
- An overview of what is commonly called "The Lake Wobegon Effect"--where everyone is above average
- how we are skilled at self-deception
- achievement based on what we are told about intelligence
- gender differences--how much is biology and how much is society
- proximity and love--how location influences who we are attracted to
- how making yourself visible makes you more attractive
Point of Inquiry interview with Scott Lilienfeld, author of 50 Great Myths of Popular
Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior. The interview is a solid one which can describe
for teachers (and advanced students) that makes the distinction between scientific and pop psychology. He and the interviewer
also go through a number of the myths covered in the book. Great reading and great listening.