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Prof. Scott Lilienfeld

Scott is a professor of psychology at Emory University, famous for his work on personality disorders and psychopathy, as well as his efforts to debunk various myths and pseudoscience that populate much of popular neuroscience and psychology.

He is a fellow and executive board member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a consulting editor for Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, and the editor-in-chief of the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

Scott is the recipient of a number of awards including the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and the James McKeen Cattell Award for Distinguished Achievements in Applied Psychological Science.

And he is the author and co-author of a number of book including “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology“, “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience“, and “Facts and Fictions in Mental Health“.

In today’s episode we explore the scientific method as it applies to “abnormal psychology”, the motivating factors behind misleading claims in psychology, the ethics of debunking ideas and remedies that some people believe are helpful to them, and few general guidelines people can follow to attune themselves to pseudoscience and snake oil remedies

Related Links

Prisoners of Silence (YouTube) – Frontline documentary questioning method of facilitated communication for autistic people

The 10 Commandments of Helping Students Distinguish Science from Pseudoscience in Psychology – by Scott Lilienfeld

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