PSY 615 The Psychology of Belief and Skepticism

This course takes a critical look at things people are willing to believe, and the psychological processes behind that belief. Basic belief (or “credulity”) factors such as humans’ information-processing limitations and social/motivational influences are discussed. Many beliefs are discussed, including some alleged professional techniques such as therapeutic touch, subliminal persuasion, and the detection of deception in the treatment of illness, in business, and in the legal system, respectively. UL Lect: 3 hrs. Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1




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