Let us take a closer look at how news reporters use words to manipulate the meaning of scientific research. I’m going to use the recently published article by Byars, Stearns and Boonsma (2014) on the opposite risk patterns for autism and schizophrenia and its association with birth size.
Here is the link for the original study: royalsocietypublishing
Here is The Independent’s take on it: independent.co.uk
and here is ABC’s take on it: abc.net
Which one reported it better? Which one would you be more inclined to read? Why?