Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 2

Lecture 2: Science and Research

How do we study particular topics in psychology? How is scientific psychology different from “common sense” or “folk” psychology? This session examines the research methods necessary to develop and test ideas, and highlights how even widely-discussed scientific studies can fall short of the truth.


  1. Psychology & Science
  2. What Makes Something an Experiment?
  3. Psychology Experiments and the Real World
  4. Little Things Can Influence Behavior
  5. Folk Psychology & Scientific Psychology