Last weekend I helped out at Flinders University’s Open Days. One of the comments that I heard a lot was ‘I want to study psychology because I’m really interested in people.’ And that’s a great start. But its also worth thinking about why the study of psychology is different to a general interest in people and their behaviour. That difference is one thing: science.
Psychologists work hard to stay scientific when they study human behaviour. This helps avoid the biases that can easily lead us to false conclusions. So, here is a brief lecture on one of those biases and how staying scientific can help you avoid it.