critical questions identifying bias

Closely read the following article. Create a post identifying what kinds of bias might influence the study results and/or where the background of the researcher might influence their perceptions. You will see any posts of other only after you create yours. Your post is due by Sunday, 11:59 p.m.. When examining research for the influence of bias or personal/political agendas, examine the following questions.

  1. What is the source? Who is making the claim? What is their academic background? Who may be funding the research? Is there any sign of external influence that may color the results – intentionally or not.
  2. Could bias contaminate the conclusion? Bias consists of evaluating information through preset ideas, attitudes and beliefs, rather than on the presented evidence, including these common types: emotional bias, in which fears and hopes precede clear thinking; and confirmation bias, in which people remember events that seem to confirm beliefs, without regard to the facts.
Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Adrian Furnham (2006). Personality and self-assessed intelligence: Can gender and personality distort self-assessed intelligence? Educational Research and Reviews Vol. 1 (7), pp. 227-233, October 2006 Available online at http:// www.academicjournals.org/ERR

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