• Question: Whats the weirdest question youve had about your science?

    Asked by anon-216532 to Robert on 17 Jun 2019.
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      Robert Dempsey answered on 17 Jun 2019:

      Great question – a lot of people seem to think Psychology isn’t a science and I get various odd questions on this. Psychology can be very scientific in its approach (e.g. using the experimental method, making theories and testing hypothesis) but also has the benefit of adding in other approaches (e.g. qualitative approaches based on analysing interview data). I’ve been asked odd questions about the after-life and parapsychology (e.g. whether ghosts exist, ESP)… and if I can read people’s minds (sometimes, for fun, when I am asked if I can read someone’s mind I like to pause… stare the person quite intently, looked shocked and then slowly say…. ‘no…?’).