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Here are our versions of each of the tips:
- Sensationalized Headlines
Headlines that give the wrong impression. When you see a title that looks very flashy it might be a lie.
- Misinterpreted Results
Misunderstand information. Twist the truth. Read the original information whenever possible.
- Conflicts of Interest
If research is helping someone to prove a point, it might be bad science.
- Correlation and Causation
Correlation means things happen at the same time. Causation means one thing CAUSES the other.
- Unsupported Conclusion
Beware of guessing language. Make sure that conclusions/answers have lots of proof.
- Problems With Sample Size
If you have a smaller sample size you should have less confidence in the results.
- Unrepresentative Samples Used
You can’t ask the same question to different groups. “Are gr. 8s smarter than JKs?”
- No Control Group Used
Good science compares a test group to a control group. A control group has no changes and a test group does. If there is no control group, it might be bad science.
- No Blind Testing Used
When you know that you’re being tested that might change the results. A blind test doesn’t give full information to the people being tested.
- Selected Reporting Of Data
You only use the information that supports your argument. You ignore all other information.
- Unreplicable Results
If you think something is special many sources should agree.
- Non-Peer Reviewed Material
Scientists say what they like and dislike about each other’s work before it gets published. If it hasn’t been peer reviewed, it might be bad science.