1st Edition

Investigating Pop Psychology Pseudoscience, Fringe Science, and Controversies

Edited By Stephen Hupp, Richard Wiseman Copyright 2023
    176 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Investigating Pop Psychology provides the basic tools required to make evidence-informed decisions and thoughtfully distinguish science from pseudoscience through the application of scientific skepticism.

    Psychologists conduct scientific investigations into a lot of strange things including alien encounters, horoscopes, dream interpretation, superstition, and extrasensory perception (ESP). Through a digestible, open-minded format combined with relevant and topical case studies such as energy psychology, demonic possession, and horoscopes, this book offers an engaging read which encourages students to think critically about the information they are exposed to during their academic careers and beyond. By taking a fresh look into investigations regarding pseudoscience and fringe science in pop psychology, it celebrates the science of psychology while also providing warnings about the problem of pseudoscience in pop psychology.

    Providing tips on how to consider evidence regarding the strength of claims in pop psychology, Investigating Pop Psychology is an ideal resource for undergraduate introductory psychology students and for students studying science and pseudoscience.





    1. Examining Claims in Pop Psychology

    Stephen Hupp, PhD

    2. Phrenology and Neuroscience

    Jonathan N. Stea, PhD, Tyler R. Black, MD, & Stefano I. Di Domenico, PhD

    3. Extrasensory Perception, Psychokinesis, and Sensation

    James E. Alcock, PhD

    4. Dream Interpretation and Consciousness

    Caleb W. Lack, PhD

    5. Superstition and Learning

    Stuart Vyse, PhD

    6. Alien Encounters and Memory

    J. Thadeus Meeks, PhD & Arlo Clark-Foos, PhD

    7. Learning Styles and Cognition

    Tesia Marshik, PhD & William Cerbin, PhD

    8. Brain Training and Intelligence

    M. J. Schneider, BA & Indre V. Viskontas, PhD

    9. Psychosexual Stages and Development

    Michael I. Axelrod, PhD & Christine C. Vriesema, PhD

    10. Horoscopes and Emotion

    Zachary C. LaBrot, PhD, Chelsea Johnson, BS, & Emily Maxime, BS

    11. Spectrophilia and Sexuality

    Karen Stollznow, PhD

    12. Alternative Medicine and Health

    Steven Novella, MD

    13. Selling Flimflam and Social Influences

    Anthony R. Pratkanis, PhD

    14. Projective Tests and Personality

    Terence Hines, PhD

    15. Demonic Possession & Disorders

    Christopher C. French, PhD

    16. Energy Psychology and Therapy

    Carmen P. McLean, PhD & Madeleine Miller, BS

    Postscript: How to Resist False Claims

    Anthony R. Pratkanis, PhD & Stephen Hupp, PhD


    Stephen Hupp, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in the United States. In 2015, he won the Great Teacher Award from the SIUE Alumni Association. He has published several books including Pseudoscience in Therapy and Dr. Huckleberry’s True or Malarkey? Superhuman Abilities.


    Richard Wiseman, PhD, is a Social Psychologist and Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has published over 100 academic papers, written several best-selling psychology books (including The Luck Factor and 59 Seconds) and created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views.