Closely read the following article.

Create a post based on the article that you read identifying what kinds of bias might influence the study results and/or where the background of the researcher might influence their perceptions.

You will see posts of others only after you have created yours. Your post is due by Sunday, 11:59 p.m.. When examining research for the influence of bias or personal/political agendas, examine the following questions.

  • What is the source? Who is making the claim? What is their academic background? Who may be funding the research? Is there any sign of external influence that may color the results – intentionally or not.
  • Could bias contaminate the conclusion? Bias consists of evaluating information through preset ideas, attitudes and beliefs, rather than on the presented evidence, including these common types: emotional bias, in which fears and hopes precede clear thinking; and confirmation bias, in which people remember events that seem to confirm beliefs, without regard to the facts.