What will stick with me most upon completion of Psych 1001 relates to the six principles of scientific thinking. Within each chapter, fact, narrative and case study presented in the textbook this semester were woven in questions to the readers. Is this replicable? Is this correlation or causation?? Does it rule out rival hypotheses?!?! Each question screamed out to the readers to question whether or not the information was to be trusted. As we read on, it was all made clear. But now, even when I'm not reading this text, I find myself asking these same questions. Hmm... the Jamba Juice I had just made me have so much more energy. Did the smoothie give me energy? Or did I just sleep well last night? Who knows?! The six concepts: Extraordinary claims, Occam's razor, Replicability, Falsifiability, Ruling out Rival Hypotheses and Correlation vs. Causation are all arranged in my thinking processes now and take turns assessing the realities of the information I intake.
I realize that these principles of scientific thinking shouldn't be over analyzed, but right now since I am still in "psychology mode" they are very prevalent in my mind. I guarantee that these processes will stay with all of us for at least the next 5 years and will probably even stay for the rest of our lives at least resting in the back of our minds, folded up neatly, stored safely and used when necessary.