5 “thunks” for the Psychology classroom

Fans of Ian Gilbert’s thunks will probably already be using philosophical, mind boggling questions as deep thinking prompts; most likely as lesson starters. Despite Gilbert’s book having 260 of these thunk gems, there is still the risk that students might start meeting the same few popular ones in different classrooms (“What colour is a zebra if you remove it’s stripes?”, “Is a broken down car, parked?” etc). This type of multi-answer question makes a great starter to any A Level lesson, so it’s worth racking our brains for a few more.

I have put together 5 “thunks” which I think would work particularly well in a Psychology classroom, as there are obvious links to the subject.

  1. Is it abnormal to be normal? [from www.thunks.co.uk]
  2. If a musician tests the prediction that the same piece of music played on different instruments creates differing emotional reactions in an audience, does this mean the musician is actually a scientist?
  3. Can a pilot study ever have greater validity than the main investigation?
  4. Why do we all think that fish have really bad memories?
  5. If a participant in a study was tricked into thinking they had purposefully killed another participant, should they be punished?

For a great demonstration of a “thunks” activity in action follow this link published on You Tube: Gilbert in action


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