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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Understanding Scientific Research: The Post I Wish I Had Written
I recently ran across a post on The Mother's Handbook that I thought was so clever that I couldn't resist sharing it here. So many times I've heard "scientific" studies reported in the media in such a way that science (child development or otherwise) seem so simple and clear cut. In reality, if you were to read the actual study you'd realize how less than clear cut it actually is. One study does not prove that A causes B, yet the media would have you think that. If you've ever wondered about some of the science you hear about in the news, I highly recommend reading this post. It definitely gives me even more motivation to look at reports with a critical eye. And by the way, the author is a physician so she actually knows what she's talking about.