Laura's intake assignment: Psy 3902W
In Standing & Huber (2003), the extent to which undergraduate psychology courses reduce belief in â€śpsychological mythsâ€? was tested.
A 20 question true/false myth belief questionnaire was administered to 94 undergraduates. Demographic (age, university year, gender) and educational information (number of psychological courses taken, major, and advanced methods course taken) was also collected.
Data is presented below. Note that high scores on the myth belief questionnaire indicate greater myth rejection.
Predictors of Psychological Myth Belief Scores, with Means and Standard Deviations
r M SD
Myth belief questionnaire score (max 20) 12.91 2.88
Junior college psychology courses -.142 1.89 1.81
University psychology courses .272** 9.93 8.24
Total psychology courses .237* 11.82 8.37
Major .257** 70% psychology major;
30% other major
Advanced methods course .361** 18% had taken AM course;
82% had not taken
Overall grade .305** 74.20 8.61
Age .242** 21.74 3.07
University year .071 2.03 1.18
Gender -.034 22% male; 78% female
In the class time that remains (roughly 45 minutes):
a) Write 1 true/ false question that you think might appear on a â€śpsychological mythâ€? belief questionnaire.
b) Summarize the main findings of the study (based on the table data) in no more than 100 words.
c) Indicate one demographic or educational variable that the present study did not measure, but which you think might affect the findings.
d) Provide a justification for the impact of the variable you indicate, drawing on personal experience and/ or other psychological studies than you can recall.
This assignment is intended to help me assess your initial skills in thinking critically and communicating succinctly as a psychologist. This will help me better tailor lectures and assignments to the class. This assignment will count towards the participation component of your grade only.