Analytical Thought Through Psychology

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Correlational designs and illusory correlations are terms that I believe I will remember five years from now. Correlational designs are used by psychologists to examine the degree to which two variables are associated. This can help psychologists rule out illusory correlations. According to the authors of Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, illusory correlations are the "perception of a statistical association between two variables where none exists." This can lead people to see relationships that they expect or hope to see.

As a student and constant learner, I will be thinking critically about the stimuli in which I perceive. Whether using these concepts in my daily life or in class, they will help me be an analytical person. The question of whether two variables are correlated with one another can be examined using these terms. I plan to study health, and using correlational designs, I would be able to look at the extent to which certain variables are associated to specific health risks. This would allow me to not only understand health in another way, but to make educated health decisions or advice for others that seek it. In contrast, illusory correlations would allow me to determine if said actions or foods are actually associated with health risks.

Correlational designs and illusory correlations are concepts that will help me be a more analytical person. With my knowledge of these concepts I will have the tools to possibly avoid making false assumptions about correlations. It will stick with me on my journey as a student and hopefully remain a helpful tool throughout my lifetime.

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Good luck and keep analyzing the data! :)

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