The Barnum Effect in Psychology


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A type of bias that causes a person to believe something is true, despite ambiguous evidence or statements is known as what?

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1. Even though it often makes things appear accurate or connected, the Barnum Effect actually relies on what kind of information?

2. Our brain's desire to make a connection between events or themes when we believe that one exists is known as what?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand the Barnum effect with this quiz and worksheet combo. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of what the Barnum effect is and what causes it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Bias that causes someone to believe something is true despite unsupported evidence
  • The type of information the Barnum Effect relies upon
  • Brain's desire to make a connection
  • Individual who conducted experiment on Barnum effect
  • Important variable in the Barnum effect

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Barnum effect lesson
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about how the brain connects themes or events
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the experiments and history of the Barnum effect

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to the Barnum effect, read through the brief lesson called The Barnum Effect in Psychology. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the Barnum effect
  • Variables that the Barnum effect relies on
  • Recall the causes of the Barnum effect
  • Review experiments on the Barnum effect and the results