Describe at least one example of the occurrence of the myth in popular culture.
Introductory Psychology 1101 Thinking Assignment 1: Greatest Myths in Psychology Infographic
Pick one myth from the “Greatest Myths in Psychology List” provided on page 2. Create an infographic related to the myth, including a descriiption of the myth, possible source(s) and example(s) of the myth, and at least three unique, factual pieces of information showing why the myth is false.
In today’s world, people are reading books, newspapers, and journals less and less. Instead, they turn to brief news write-ups, flipboard, buzzfeed articles, and Twitter to get their information. These sources require less eloquent writing and more creativity to capture the reader’s interest. So, rather than write a paper about the modern myths in the field of psychology, this assignment requires you to create an infographic – a visual portrayal of data and information – using outside sources, to convince your reader that your myth is false.
Specific Required Elements:
• Include a brief explanation of the myth in your own words.
• Describe at least one example of the occurrence of the myth in popular culture. This could
be in a book, movie, tv show, commercial, news article, etc…but it may NOT be anecdotal
(i.e., “my grandma told me…” or “I heard from a friend…”).
• Provide three pieces of evidence that the myth is false, using a different academic source to
support each piece of evidence. Acceptable sources include your textbook, journal articles, and reputable, factual online sources (NOT Wikipedia!). Make sure to explain why your evidence refutes the myth.
o Evidence needs to be explained in your own words. Quotes may be used, but should NOT make up your entire piece of evidence.
o Remember that this assignment is to create an infographic! In other words, this assignment is not to write a paper! Keep the writing to a minimum and display your information visually and graphically whenever possible.
o Please indicate which source each piece of evidence relates to. In other words, you might say “According to Scientific American,” or use parenthetical citations at the end (Scientific American), or even a number (1) referencing your reference list. Just let us know which source goes with which piece of evidence.
• Include references on a separate references page (using the APA 7th edition style).
• The assignment will be submitted as an image (jpg or .png) or as a PDF. NOTE: your
infographic MUST be computer-generated and not hand-drawn.
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Greatest Myths in Psychology List:
1. Most people only use 10% of their brain power.
2. Some people are left-brained, others are right-brained.
3. Extrasensory perception is a well-established scientific phenomenon.
4. Playing Mozart music to infants boosts their intelligence.
5. Most people experience a mid-life crisis in their 40s or early 50s.
6. Old age is typically associated with increased dissatisfaction and senility.
7. Human memory works like a recording, and accurately records the events we experience.
8. Researchers have demonstrated that dreams possess symbolic meaning.
9. People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities.
10. Electroconvulsive (“shock”) therapy (ECT) is a physically dangerous and brutal treatment.
• Office 365 (Word or PowerPoint)
• Popular free service to create infographics: http://piktochart.com/
• Another popular free service to create infographics: http://www.easel.ly/
• How To Create Infographics Blog: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/create-amazing-
• There are countless examples and resources available online for how to create colorful, effective, visually interesting infographics. Be creative!
What should infographics include?
• An effective infographic includes: o High quality graphics
o Current and relevant data
o Good organization
o A balance of text and illustration
o Pay attention to visual style and flow, use a typography palette with a hierarchy,
include plenty of space and add a call-to-action.
What makes a good infographic?
• A good infographic is clear, memorable and visually and textually concise. Data visualization is the main goal, so use charts and graphs where you can. Tell a story with your graphics and include a “hook,” or primary take-away, that’s easy to spot.
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What is the best size for an infographic?
• The size of your infographic will depend on the platform you’re using it for. For blog posts, infographics should be around 663 x 2000 pixels. For a Facebook post, aim for 1200 x 628 pixels. For a shared image on LinkedIn, go for 1104 x 736.
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