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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 115 Predicting Human Behavior: The Science and Culture of Testing

Tests are often used to predict behavior, but what can they really tell us? From early attempts like phrenology to more current predictive and diagnostic methods such as personality measures (e.g., the Rorschach inkblot test), cognitive ability tests, SATs, and employee selection tests, assessment has been a controversial subject. The course explores examples of tests used in their historical and cultural context. Students take a hands-on approach to test construction, administration, interpretation, and evaluation.