In five years, I really do believe there will many things I take with me from Psych. Even now, I find myself explaining things in psychological terms or thinking about concepts more scientifically. I evaluate how to minimize perceived stress in my life, contemplate neurotransmission, and wonder about the validity of my own dream analyses. However, in all the things I've learned, I believe I will never forget about the strategies we learned about for determining the legitimacy of a claim. Basically, I don't feel as though I'll fall prey to pseudoscience ever again, though I know it's not as easy as that.
Whenever I see any products that promise quickly growing or thicker hair, I have learned to ignore that pulse of hope that makes me want to drop obnoxious amounts of cash on it just because some lady reported success. As tempting as it is to believe anecdotes and believe that the correlations they draw mean causation, you're probably only getting fooled. I also know to look for connectivity to other research, peer review, self-correction and talk of "evidence" instead of proof. The more that psychobabble is used in place of actual scientific the explanation, the more the product its advertising is likely to be a sham. I feel as though I've really discovered the importance of critical thinking during this class.