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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: Lets Make a Deal! Human Intuition vs. Empirical Reasoning

This activity utilizes an online applet to demonstrate the limitations of human intuition and the need for empirical reasoning when studying psychological phenomena.

Activity: Psychology in the Local Bookstore

This assignment has students visit a book retailer to critically evaluate the portrayal of the science of psychology in the popular media.

The Need for Psychological Science

Activity: The Problem of Vague Statements (Desserts & Horoscopes)

This contains two difference activities that help show students the problem with vague statements. The first makes statements about students’ personality based on their dessert selection.


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


Activity: Ways of Knowing There Is a Santa Claus

This assignment involves students analyzing a famous editorial about the existence of Santa Claus in terms in terms of different ways of knowing (e.g., intuition, authority, logic, and the scientific


Demonstration: Illustrating anchoring bias with a game show

A game from The Price is Right can be used to illustrate the anchoring bias. The game helps show how prior numerical information can bias our thinking. Students often find conceptual materials


Video & Article: Fear of Science Will Kill Us

In the article and video, Michael Specter makes the case for why it is so important for people to embrace science, rather than become denialists who ''replace the open-minded skepticism of science


Video: Individual vs. Accumulated Experience : Global Warming

This video clip from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart addresses the question of ''How can global warming be true, if there are record snowfalls?'' This provides a nice context for discussing