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Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

Activity: Using Zodiac-based Personality Descriptions to Teach about Biases in Thinking

Students are given a list of personality descriptions based on the 12 signs of the zodiac, and have to choose which one best describes them. We then discuss how these personality descriptions are written vague enough to apply to many people.
Please indicate the design, statistic, research concept, and/or content area

Keywords: Thinking Scientifically; Illusory Correlation

Author: Emily Stark
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011