Show me the data: Sifting pseudoscience from the real thing
In a world with a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, and in which social and mainstream media only add to the confusion, how do we separate out false or dubious claims from the well-founded and evidence-based? Research and clinical psychologist Prof Scott Lilienfeld joins science host Dr Andi Horvath to help us distinguish pseudoscience from the real thing by exploring popular myths that too often make fools of us.
Professor Scott Lilienfeld was recently visiting Melbourne as a guest of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, where he delivered the 2016 Brotherton Public Lecture. Scott's presentation on Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Field Guide to Evaluating Extraordinary Claims can be viewed online via the Psych Sci YouTube channel.
- Professor Scott Lilienfeld
is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Lilienfeld has published extensively in the areas of personality and psychopathy, but he also does a strong sideline in getting students and others to tell pseudoscience from the real thing. He's authored and co-authored countless articles and among his recent books is 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, which examines misunderstandings about human behaviour.