There are a lot of studies out there making big claims left, right, and centre. Weighing up how credible research really is leads to the more dubious studies being discarded, which is better for everyone!
Three things to look out for when you’re reading research:
- The sample size: how many people were surveyed?
- When it was published: more than five years old? See if you can find something more recent to back it up.
- Vested interests: check who is funding the research. Do they have any vested interest in the results showing a particular conclusion?