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Sifting pseudoscience from the real thing

Exploring the popular science myths that make fools of us

In a world with a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, where 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 Professor 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.

Full transcript and more information available here.


Scott O. Lilienfeld is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has published more than 350 manuscripts on personality disorders, dissociative disorders, psychiatric classification, pseudoscience in psychology, and evidence-based practices in clinical psychology.

His 2010 book, co-authored with several colleagues, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, examines a host of widespread misunderstandings regarding human behaviour. In 1998, Dr Lilienfeld received the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from APA Division 12, and in 2012 he received the James McKeen Cattell Award for Career Contributions to Applied Psychological Science from APS.

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