Tuesday, April 15 2014 at 7:30PM
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Psychology is the oft misunderstood and misused science of the brain and behaviour. There are many myths and misconceptions about it in popular culture: Whether it’s claims that we only use 10% of our brain or that IQ tests are biased there are many areas in which the academic science of psychology is cut adrift from the public’s understanding of the subject.
These common misconceptions have also helped give rise to all manner of oddities that thrive under the banner of “popular psychology”. From self help to facilitated communication this talk will aim to address many of these odd notions from a skeptical viewpoint and hopefully clear up some of what is and what isn’t myth in psychology.
Keir Liddle is a psychology graduate and PhD student. He has been a skeptic for many years now and was a former organiser for Edinburgh Skeptics. He wrote for and edited the twenty-first floor blog (www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com) ,before it was taken down by a quack, and once had the bright idea of bringing scepticism to the masses via the method of a free festival (Skeptics on the Fringe has now had four successful runs and plans are underway for a fifth).