Fake News Results

We can reveal, following up the last newsletter item entitled Fake News, that Study B—suggesting that an over- abundance of toys can stifle toddler creativity—was real (and it wasn’t really by Cassandra Balder, but actually by Dauch et al.). Study A—suggesting that people with stronger self-control experience less fatigue and bodily stress—was faked (and it was not by Drew Dash, but actually by Annabel Hartley – College I psychologist).

We can also reveal from our analysis of the voting that more people identified the fake correctly (20 versus 10) and the real study correctly (17 versus 13). However statistical analysis suggests that participants’ performance overall wasn’t significantly different from chance. Thus there isn’t sufficient evidence to report that Bootham newsletter readers can tell real research from fake.

The chi-square statistic is 0.6345. The p-value is .425692. This result is not significant at p < .05.

Real or Fake Challenge #2

Can you tell the difference this time? Students at Bootham were challenged with creating real or fake psychology studies. In the era of ‘fake news’ we would like to conduct our own research into whether people can tell the difference. Vote on whether you think each one is a real study – you don’t need to look it up as we will reveal whether they are real or fake next time we post a real/fake challenge. Besides we have faked the researchers names in both studies anyway so that you can’t cheat easily. Maybe both are real or neither of them…you decide!

Paper A

Psychopaths can show empathy after all

Research by Brian Waverley (2013) showed that Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will. Placed in a brain scanner, psychopathic criminals watched videos of one person hurting another and were asked to empathise with the individual in pain. Only when asked to imagine how the pain receiver felt did the area of the brain related to pain light up.

Paper B

Independence at boarding school is beneficial for your child

A study by Adabad Day (2015) shows that when attending a boarding school, children are offered a real taste of independence, while still being supervised. It is this level of independence that will allow boarders (over 10 years old) to develop a mature attitude towards freedom and self-reliance, rather than take advantage of it as soon as they leave home at age 18.

Paper A
Paper B