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    Misconceptions about Psychological Science: A Review

    Hughes, Sean and Lyddy, Fiona and Lambe, Sinead (2013) Misconceptions about Psychological Science: A Review. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 12 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 1475-7257

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    This paper will provide an overview of the available evidence on psychological misconceptions, including key findings, current directions and emerging issues for investigation. We begin by defining misconceptions and then examine their prevalence and persistence, discuss their implications for student learning and highlight potential strategies to eliminate or reduce their influence. Thereafter, several theoretical and methodological issues that have traditionally defined research in this area are discussed. In particular, we highlight the possibility that reported rates of misconceptions may in part be driven by particular features of the measurement procedures employed. On the basis of this analysis, potential avenues for future research are outlined.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at SEAN HUGHES, FIONA LYDDY, SINEAD LAMBE (2013) Misconceptions about Psychological Science: a review, Psychology Learning & Teaching, 12(1), 20-31.
    Keywords: Misconceptions; Psychology; Conceptual Change; Critical Thinking; Review;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4856
    Depositing User: Fiona Lyddy
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 13:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychology Learning & Teaching
    Publisher: Symposium Journals
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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