This project is funded by APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.
After more than 50 years of the establishment of psychological teaching in Indonesia, public understandings of the specific contributions that can and cannot be expected from psychology as a science are still scarcely rare. College students are typically involved as agent of change in many societal events in Indonesia, therefore it is crucial for them to be more psychologically literate.
“Addressing Misconceptions about Psychological Science” project is conducted in the forms of (1) a half-day general lecture and poster exhibition for college students in Malang, and (2) social media platforms project titled “23rd Letter” . Participants are expected to be able to explore issues related to pseudoscientific practices, acknowledge the importance of science communicators, curb terminological misinformation and confusion related to the area of psychology, distinguish psychological science from psychological scientists, understand the importance of philosophy of mind and biological basis of behaviour and mental processes, recognise the power of social media platforms, and incorporate critical reading to news reports with a science component.