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Psychological Misconception Questionnaire

Is your psychological knowledge based on myths? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | April 19, 2024

Psychological misconceptions are the subtle distortions that infiltrate our understanding of the human mind, which can shape our perceptions and behaviors. From common myths about intelligence and memory to deeply ingrained beliefs about personality and mental health, these misconceptions often stem from exposure to inaccurate information in media, education and everyday experiences.

Identifying and measuring psychological misconceptions is crucial—even for the everyday person. These beliefs can influence decision-making, problem-solving and interpersonal interactions and potentially lead to misunderstandings, misjudgments or worse. They may also contribute to stigma surrounding mental health issues, and can harmfully influence attitudes toward psychological interventions.

The Psychological Misconception Questionnaire is a valuable tool for assessing and addressing psychological misconceptions. By presenting individuals with statements reflecting common misconceptions regarding psychological concepts—such as the brain, psychological disorders, and human behavior—this test provides insights into the prevalence and nature of these beliefs.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Hughes, S., Lyddy, F., & Kaplan, R. (2013). The impact of language and response format on student endorsement of psychological misconceptions. Teaching of Psychology, 40(1), 31-37.

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