The tendency of scientists to favor generalized, bolder claims in their research may sacrifice precision and could potentially have the unintended consequence of spreading misinformation, according to a new study. In PNAS:
The tendency of scientists to favor generalized, bolder claims in their research may sacrifice precision and could potentially have the unintended consequence of spreading misinformation, according to a new study
89% of psychology articles described results using generic language that implied generalizability across time & populations; people judged these findings as more important than findings expressed with nongeneric language #SocSciResearch