I need examples of really bad research.
September 21, 2008 7:35 PM Subscribe
I am looking for examples of really bad research.
posted by tickingclock to Science & Nature (50 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I am the teaching assistant for an undergraduate research methods course and I am collecting examples of some really bad research to show students. These experiments can be bad in any number of ways: bad design, faulty reasoning, misuse of statistics, poor writing, and so forth.
So, MetaFilter, do you have a favourite example of bad research? If you have recommendations for blogs or websites that address issues like this, that would be great, too. (I recently came across a nice blog discussion on a paper that claims that global warming causes suicide rates to increase...)
These examples are meant to be fun for the students, so the more cringe-worthy, the better. Bonus points if they are related to cognitive science.
Thanks in advance!