Journalist: Newspapers generally report on only those scientific studies whose findings sound dramatic. Furthermore, ...

Jacob on November 6, 2017

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Can you please explain the correct answer choice

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Mehran on November 13, 2017

Hi @JayDee8732, thanks for your post. This is an Errors in Reasoning question. Let's first assess the stimulus.

The journalist presents an argument. Her conclusion is "a small observational study must be more likely to have dramatic findings than a large randomized trial."

Why? The premises offered are:
P: Newspapers generally report on only those scientific studies whose findings sound dramatic.
P: Newspaper stories about small observational studies, which are somewhat unreliable, are more frequent than newspaper stories about large randomized trials, which generate stronger scientific evidence.

Why does the journalist reach this conclusion? Because newspapers more frequently report on small observational studies. The journalist concludes that this must be because such small studies have more dramatic findings - but perhaps they are more frequently reported upon because they are just more common than large randomized trials.

Answer choice (D) identifies this flaw in the reasoning. Hope this helps!

on January 9 at 09:05AM

Can you explain to me why you're treating the answer as a explanation for frequent use of small studies?

The conclusion of the argument doesnt seem to be trying to explain WHY frequent use of small studies, but instead is making a judgement based on the FACT of there being frequent use of small studies.

Im very confused.

Can you please explain this strategy and why the correct answer is D?

Thanks in adnvace

on January 12 at 02:28AM

please explain ^