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Healthy Scepticism Towards Research Pays Off

Don’t believe everything you read – even if it has been published in a reputable scientific journal:

“Dr John Ioannidis of the University of Ioannina in Greece, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, recently analysed 45 well publicised studies from leading journals appearing between 1990 and 2003.

His conclusion: the results of approximately one third of these studies were flatly contradicted or significantly weakened by later work.”

About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.

He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:

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