Part A: “How Random Is That?”
This article (see attachment) discusses sampling methods commonly used in many psychology department research studies. Write a 2page summary of the article, including your opinion of it. Reflect on how we’ve discussed sampling methods in class, and how this article fits in with your knowledge of sampling. Be sure to read all the “Sidebars” as well.
Part B: Summary of “How Random Is That?” &
Here’s Ben Goldacre in a 20-minute TED video talking about his favorite topic, Bad Science. He addresses the journal-to-journalism cycle, the flaws of authority, the placebo effect, industry-sponsored trials, publication bias, correlation/causation, ethics, and more. The overall message is the importance of publishing all data–both for and against a drug, therapy, or intervention.
To receive credit, write a 2page summary of the video, ( http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science.html) including your opinion of it. Reflect on how we’ve discussed science, methods, and ethics in class, and how this article fits in with those discussions.