Being a wise consumer of information

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Being a wise consumer of information Be cautious about what is reported in the media Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, internet Information is reported by journalists and reporters Not all information comes from professors with good credentials A lot of information is sensationalized (likely can’t trust, exaggerated Public often not given the whole picture Know difference between nomothetic research and idiographic needs Nomothetic research – conducted at the group level Idiographic needs – what is important for the individual, not the group o Both of these need to be used together, averages aren’t always the best Don’t over generalize from a small sample Small samples require care when making generalizations
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Unformatted text preview: • Sample may be biased Single studies are not usually the final word • Rare for one study to come up with conclusive answers • Usually studies are conflicting • Most “answers” emerge gradually over time Correlalational studies do not show cause • Correlation – “co-relate” – two variables measured to see how they relate • Does not mean that one variable causes the other o Ex. Divorce + grades, other things can cause things to relate to each other Consider the source of the information • All studies are not automatically accepted • Media has different levels of credibility • Advocacy research, sponsored research, etc...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course CDE 22222 taught by Professor Vanvleet during the Spring '10 term at Arizona.

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