Research finds ‘US effect’ exaggerates results in human behaviour studies


Interesting article on there may be a bias for ‘exciting’ results from U.S. researchers in the human behaviour field. Social Network Analysis draws from Graph Theory to state facts about the nodes/vertices and edges in a graph derived from human interaction but interpreting what this means is more subjective and, because there is an overlap in these fields of study, similar biases are likely to creep in. Do I think this is a problem? Not really, I think most people will try to find a number of studies to take a balance of their findings and, in my opinion, it’s best to try to apply the results to your own data before conclusively accepting them.

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