Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Uer's Guide for Evaluating Extraordinary Claims

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March 4-8, 2017 at the University of Oklahoma

In this seminar, students will learn about and discuss what constitutes significant scientific evidence in assessing claims in social, clinical, and natural science. Extending from his work on assessing what neuroscience can and can’t tell us about human psychology, Scott Lilienfeld will ask students to consider what constitutes evidence and what supports conclusions in a wide range of scientific study. This seminar is suitable for students from a variety of academic majors; participants are expected to take the information covered in the readings and the seminar discussion and apply this toolkit for evaluating scientific claims in their own fields of interest.

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Scott O. Lilienfeld is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (University of Pittsburgh) from 1986-1987. Dr. Lilienfeld is Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Archives of Scientific Psychology, and past President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. He has published over 300 manuscripts on personality disorders (especially psychopathy), dissociative disorders, psychiatric classification, pseudoscience in psychology, and evidence-based practice. He is especially interested in the application of scientific thinking to mental health. Dr. Lilienfeld is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He has received the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, the Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award (for integrating psychology across subdisciplines) from APA Division 1, and the James McKeen Cattell Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Applied Psychological Science from APS.