Associate Professor, Psychology
6-370, City Centre Campus10700 - 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3674
Rodney Schmaltz's research focuses on pseudoscientific thinking, with an emphasis on strategies to promote and teach scientific skepticism. Correcting belief in pseudoscience is a challenge. Regardless of academic success or training in science, many students continue to hold ideas that are not supported by empirical evidence. Basically, he wants to better understand why people believe in strange things like ghosts, aliens or psychic powers and find strategies to help combat these beliefs.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
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Lilienfeld, S., Lynn, S., Namy, S., Woolf, N., Cramer, K., & Schmaltz, R. (2017). Psychology: From inquiry to understanding (3rd Canadian Edition). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada.
Schmaltz, R. M. (2016). Bang your head: Using heavy metal music to promote scientific thinking in the classroom. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 146. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00146
Schmaltz, R. M., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2014). Hauntings, homeopathy, and the Hopkinsville Goblins: Using pseudoscience to teach scientific thinking. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 336. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00336
Schmaltz, R. M., & Enström, R. (2014). Death to weak PowerPoint: Strategies to create effective visual presentations. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1138. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01138
McEwan, D., Schmaltz, R., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2012). Warming up with pressure improves subsequent clutch performance on a golf-putting task. Advances in Physical Education, 2, 144-147. doi: 10.4236/ape.2012.24025
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