Counterbalanced takes a look at some of the science that gets into the news, and dissects the evidence behind the headlines.
'Counterbalancing’ is a technique used in experiments in order to avoid confounding variables having an effect on your study. It’s one of the earliest and most basic techniques that you’re taught as a Psychologist so that your experiments are robust.
I started this blog because I’ve started noticing more and more reports in the media of scientific studies that are misrepresented, inaccurate, or just plain wrong. Sometimes it’s because a journalist has skewed a result, sometimes it’s because the science itself is shoddy.Either way, it’s important for readers to ask questions about the science behind the article, and try and get as many facts as they can to form an informed opinion about the work.