RABBIT HOLES AND P-VALUES   ⏱10:39

as silly season continues, newspapers & science websites re-hash stories told decades ago, making more of the same errors, about p, alcohol, rabbits & divorce

episode #15, 20th August 2021 #stats #p #alcohol #heart #rabbit #divorce   image source

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our main brain stories this episode...

THE NULL RITUAL OR: P, P, P, PLAGIARISM

each time science news publishes bruce bower's article about potential problems with pernicious p-values in psychology - in 1997, 2013, 2018 & 2021 - it gets a little bit worse   [read more...]

this story was in episode #15. original article: Piaget, 1979 (Annual Review of Psychology), reported in: Science News by Bruce Bower on 12th August 2021 & Twitter by Darren Dahly on 16th August 2021 #pvalue #statistics #selfplagiarism

ratings: Science News: fiction - no scientific story here  


A LITTLE ALCOHOL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

a meta-analysis of nearly 50000 people's drinking habits & cardio-vascular health finds that drinking up to a bottle of wine a day is no worse for your heart than not drinking at all. tabloid gold!   [read more...]

this story was in episode #15. original article: Ding et al., 2021 (BMC Medicine), reported in: The Daily Mail by Johnathan Chadwick on 27th July 2021 #alcohol #beer #wine #heart #metaanalysis

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img: Charles Robinson
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE!

a review of numerical cognition research in the conversation was reported verbatim in the metro, referred to as 'study shows...' in the mirror & as 'study finds...' in the express. mad as a hatter!   [read more...]

this story was in episode #15. reported in: The Daily Express on 19th August 2021 & The Mirror by Emily Sleight on 9th August 2021 & The Metro by Silke Göbel on 30th July 2021 image source #alice #wonderland #numbers #rabbithole

ratings: The Daily Express: fiction - no scientific story here   The Mirror: fiction - no scientific story here  


MATHS PREDICTS DIVORCE

two newspapers use a decades-old story about maths & marriage to sell some pop-science brain-training nonsense, dragging tv's hannah fry & the error bar down yet another silly season rabbit hole   [read more...]

this story was in episode #15. reported in: The Daily Express by Leah Stanfield on 3rd August 2021 & The Mirror by Emily Sleight on 3rd August 2021 #marriage #divorce #maths

ratings: The Daily Express: fiction - no scientific story here   The Mirror: fiction - no scientific story here