Misconceptions about psychological science: A review

S. Hughes, F. Lyddy, S. Lambe

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This article provides an overview of the available evidence on psychological misconceptions, including key findings, current directions and emerging issues for investigation. We begin by defining misconceptions and then examine their prevalence and persistence, discuss their implications for student learning and highlight potential strategies to eliminate or reduce their influence. Thereafter, several theoretical and methodological issues that have traditionally defined research in this area are discussed. In particular, we highlight the possibility that reported rates of misconceptions may in part be driven by particular features of the measurement procedures employed. On the basis of this analysis, potential avenues for future research are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology Learning and Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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