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Pseudoscience: Examples & Definition

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The study of something that claims or appears to be scientific in nature, but is not related to science is known as what?

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1. A belief that the positioning of stars and planets has an influence on behavior and the future is known as:

2. Which of the following is an example of a pseudoscientific theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of a broad range of pseudoscientific ideas and why they are so effective among the public.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of pseudoscience
  • The study of the stars and their effect on behavior
  • An example of pseudoscientific theory
  • The human tendency to search for meaning
  • The power of belief over evidence

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the characteristics of pseudoscience
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main phrases such as belief dependent realism and cognitive bias
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about an example of pseudoscience

Additional Learning

Gain a better understanding of this subject with the lesson entitled Pseudoscience: Examples & Definition. You can find the following objectives in this lesson:

  • Understand the attributes of pseudoscience
  • Know the human tendencies that make people vulnerable to pseudoscience
  • Cite examples of pseudoscience
  • Describe some of the consequences of pseudoscience
  • Understand the requirements of true science
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