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For example, several theories have been proposed to explain why people become depressed. This does not mean that anyone can throw their hat into the ring and claim equal status for his or her theory (or belief). There are good theories, and there are not-so-good theories. • A measure of a good theory is not the number of people who believe it to be true. According to a 2009 Gallup poll, only 61% of Canadians (and only 39% of Americans) believe in the theory of evolution by natural selection (Angus Reid Opinion, 2012), despite the fact that it is the most plausible, rigorously tested theory of biological change and diversity.
Shorter study sessions, but spreading them over several days. Which technique do you prefer? If you use the massed learning technique (most students prefer it . . or end up using it because they’ve left studying until the last minute), it is likely because it seems easier and it may even give you the sense that it is more effective than distributed learning. Actually, the two strategies are not equally effective; distributed learning is the better of the two. How can science explain this difference?
First, historical reports of abductions typically spike just after the release of science fiction movies featuring space aliens. Details of the reports often follow specific details seen in these movies (Clancy, 2005). , 1994). , 2004). You can likely see how these three factors could explain reports of alien abductions. Following the principle of parsimony typically leads to real, though sometimes less spectacular, answers—although these answers might leave the so-called “abductees” feeling alienated.
An Introduction to Psychological Science [Canadian Edition] by Mark Krause; Stephen Smith; Daniel Corts; Dan Dolderman