Oct 03, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 277 Pop Psychology and Pseudoscience: What is Credible?

This course will explore some of the most popular beliefs in psychology and science and arm students with the tools needed to evaluate claims to determine if enough evidence exists to support belief. For example, is going to bed angry really a bad thing? Can a positive attitude cure illnesses? Do repressed memories exist? We will also explore new age therapies, claims of ESP, alien abduction, and natural remedies for illnesses. Through reflections, writing assignments, and class discussion, we will explore the origins of these and other psychological and pseudoscientific beliefs, why they persist, and what is real.