Methodology

Just a Numbers Game? Making Sense of Health Statistics

Presidential candidates use them to persuade voters, drug companies use them to sell their products, and the media spin them in all kinds of ways, but nobody – candidates, reporters, let alone health consumers – understands them. Health statistics fill today’s information environment, but even most doctors, who must make More

Dating the Data

In current empirical psychological articles it is uncommon for the data collection to be dated. A typical experimental method section of a paper includes information about geographic location (e.g., “a large Midwestern university”), and the age, race/ethnic, and sex makeup of the sample. Whether the data were collected in 1979 More