Exploring Popular Assumptions

Exploring Popular Assumptions

Give one example of a ‘folk-psychology’ claim that was not discussed in section this week. This can be something you have heard in your life, or one that you find on the Internet or popular media.  Explain why this claim is pseudoscientific, and not scientific.

Identifying Bias in Scientific Reporting

After discussing bias in class and lab this week, find a news article (about something scientific) that includes an example of one type of bias.

Answer the following:

a) Give the title and a link to the article you read.

b) Definition of the type of bias you identified.

c) Description of the example you found in a recent scientific news article.

d) Explain why this kind of bias is problematic.

d) Give a few possible ways that this bias could have been mitigated in your given example.

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