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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior

Posted Dec 10 2009 12:00am

The Web page of the new book 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology lists those myths. Here are some for you:

Brain Power: Myths about the Brain and Perception
  • Most People Use Only 10% of Their Brain Power
  • Some People Are Left-Brained, Others Are Right-Brained
  • Extrasensory Perception Is a Well-Established Scientific Phenomenon

From Womb to Tomb: Myths about Development and Aging
  • Playing Mozart’s Music to Infants Boosts Their Intelligence
  • Adolescence Is Inevitably a Time of Psychological Turmoil

A Remembrance of Things Past: Myths about Memory
  • Human Memory Works like a Tape Recorder or Video Camera, and Accurately Records the Events We’ve Experienced
  • Hypnosis is Useful for Retrieving Memories of Forgotten Events
  • Individuals Commonly Repress the Memories of Traumatic Experiences

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Myths about Intelligence and Learning
  • Intelligence Tests Are Biased against Certain Groups of People
  • If You’re Unsure of Your Answer When Taking a Test, It’s Best to Stick with Your Initial Hunch

The Social Animal: Myths about Interpersonal Behavior
  • Opposites Attract: We Are Most Romantically Attracted to People Who Differ from Us
  • There’s Safety in Numbers: The More People Present at an Emergency, the Greater the Chance that Someone Will Intervene
  • Men and Women Communicate in Completely Different Ways
  • It’s Better to Express Anger Openly to Others than to Hold It in

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