Chapter 1

Thinking Critically with Psychology

Two phenomena - hindsight bias and judgmental overconfidence - show us why we cannot rely on just common sense and intuition.
Psychologists describe behavior using case studies, surveys, and naturalistic observations.
Psychologists use numbers to describe the strength of a relationship expressed as a correlation.
Psychologists experiment to discern cause and effect.

After gathering data, psychologists organize, summarize, and make inferences from it using statistics.

The application of psychology and science to human affairs raises concerns about how well experiments relate to life.
Research Strategies
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