I can't believe this post will be our last blog post! Even though we still have some chapters cover, I would say I've really enjoyed this course. Over this semester, I was really into PSY 1001 course, I always thought about the contents from the book and applied some concepts to real life. Most of the helpful concepts from the book really changed me; I started to think more scientifically and became less biased person.
For the last blog post, I would like to talk about "Correlation isn't Causation", the best of the best concepts that I found. Many other concepts or ways of scientific thinking are important as well, but if I need to pick one that I would carry on for the lifetime, it is definitely the one I would choose. In daily lives, many people draw conclusion that one thing caused the other if they are somewhat related, but simply by applying the concept "Correlation isn't Causation", we will find that is wrong. Third variable may caused both or the causation may be other way around.
This concept did help me change the way I view the world. Before I learn this concept, I was somewhat neurotic person. For example, before I take the test, I would do the all the same behaviors that I did before other test that I did well, and I would never do any behaviors that I did before another test that I did poorly. (Even some behaviors were extremely trivial, such as taking a bus instead of walking on the way to class)
Now, as I learned this way of scientific thinking, I am more skeptical toward correlations between two variables. I asked myself before I draw conclusion "Even though they are correlated, did A really cause B?" Although It's been only few months since I learned this concept, I applied it to a number of different life situations, and I will be using it continuously for the life time.