What Climbers Can Teach Us About Focus
NC State psychologist Anne McLaughlin studies attention and behavior. She's researching how and why rock climbers make decisions to see how attention actually works, and if there are techniques to prevent it from slipping in critical situations.
Profs Turn Classroom Into a Study About Best Way to Fight Fake News
NC State psychology and history professors try a multidisciplinary attack on pseudo-science to boost critical thinking skills.
Congress Says Your Work Is Wasteful. Now What?
Unconventional research is sometimes misunderstood and maligned. Researchers need to be ready to communicate its value to the public. Anne McLaughlin, Psychology, featured.
You May Be A Scientist And Not Know It
Science is a process – a way of thinking – and scientists are just people who adhere to that process. A fascinating guest post by Human Factors Psychologist Anne McLaughlin.
The Academic Minute: Students and Critical Thinking
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.
This College Class On ‘Historical Frauds’ Is Fighting Pseudoscience Head-On
A historian and a psychologist from North Carolina State University decided to investigate whether teaching students tools for critical thinking, based on lessons from history, could help them to avoid being duped by pseudoscience outside the classroom.
From Atlantis to fake news: People question pseudoscience if they’re taught critical thinking
Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State's Anne McLaughlin (psychology) and Alicia McGill (history). "This drives home the importance of teaching critical thinking, and the essential role that humanities can play in that process,” McGill says. “This is something that NC State is actively promoting as part of a university-wide focus on critical thinking development.”
How Critical Thinking in the Humanities Reduces Belief in Pseudoscience
Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience" unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State.