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What are the biggest misperceptions about psychology that you hear from your friends and family?

  • Lily Ching: "That if we work in the field of psychology it means we can read minds."

  • Phil Sabel: "That all psychology is clinical psychology."

  • Daniel Gingras: "What gets me is when people think we only study psychology to solve our own problems, because it's cheaper than therapy. So far I've sunk nearly $40,000 into studying psychology. If that's cheaper than therapy, I'll eat a bag full of unwashed socks."

  • Edna Braswell Conn: "Everyone thinks you are trying to psychoanalyze them. Some say that it is stupid to pay someone to tell them your problems."

  • April Krowel: "If you see a psychologist then you are a weak person."

  • Aimee Yermish: "That we all went into psychology to solve our own problems."

  • Jill Prunty Settle: "That everyone I know is my dissertation."

Answers excerpted from gradPSYCH on Facebook.

Top 7 IRB-required additions to consent forms

Have institutional review boards—university-appointed groups that review research proposals—become too vigilant in their mission to protect research participants and avoid lawsuits? One psychology professor weighs in.

1. If there is a God, s/he knows that you participated in this study.

2. Participating in this research is onerous, harmful and repugnant.

3. Because there is no free will, you cannot really consent to this study.

4. If at any time in the future you decide to withdraw from the study, the experimenter will retract all publications based on your data.

5. Being paid to do this study is not a benefit to you, because money is the root of all evil.

6. Everything the experimenter tells you is probably a lie, including this.

7. You may not participate in this study.

—J. Michael Bailey
Northwestern University