"One of the stated goals of my Research Methods in Psychology course is to help students think like scientists. A danger of this goal is the unstated implication that they start the class thinking like non-scientists, or believe that scientific thinking is in some way superior. This is a bad tone with which to start the course. To overcome this problem, I try to identify ways in which students intuitively 'think like scientists' already. I also try to show how scientists are human and how we also sometimes ignore our own rational approach. This helps demystify science for the students and makes them ready to consider scientific thinking as an everyday tool with which to approach information."

 

 –Paul Atchley