Monday, April 07, 2008

Scientific American: Brain Images Make Inaccurate Science Ne

How to lie with images.

A study in the journal Cognition this month shows that the public views news stories as more scientifically sound when accompanied by a flashy brain image.

Researchers presented 156 subjects with news stories based on flawed science. Subjects rated the stories as more credible when accompanied by a colorful brain image as opposed to a bar graph, a colorful topographic map or no graphic at all.

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