The Academic Minute: Students and Critical Thinking

Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” -- such as believing in the underwater civilization of Atlantis. Image credit: Jerrye and Roy Klotz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. Click here for more information.

Critical thinking is an important skill for students and can reduce belief in pseudoscience. Anne McLaughlin, associate professor of psychology at NC State University, explores the best way to impart this skill to a class. The Academic Minute, a WAMC National Production, features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems and to serving the public good.