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Psychology  2018 

Myths and Misconceptions in Developmental and Neuro-Psychology

DOI: 10.4236/psych.2018.92016, PP. 249-259

Keywords: Psychology, Education, Myths, Misconceptions, Psychological Knowledge, Misrepresentations

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The current study examined the prevalence of psychological myths and misconceptions in two areas of psychology: Developmental and Neuro-Psychology. In all 220 participants completed two questionnaires both derived from two recently published books, in which they rated to what extent, they thought various statements/facts about the brain and about child development were True or False. A large number of these myths were rated as True (Definitely or Partly) indicating the extent to which people had misconceptions about this area of psychology. There were few significant demographic correlates of the total correct score (determined by rating the myth as False) indicating no clear pattern in what sort of person has these misconceptions. Implications and limitations are discussed.


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