Spotting Bad Science

Bad science seems to be a problem in every corner of the world these days. Studies get picked up by the media with no review to judge whether the methodology involved was sound or whether the results are even correct. That’s why it’s up to us to keep our minds open and not believe everything we read on the Internet or elsewhere. Aromatherapy is no exception. There’s plenty of bad science out there and we have to constantly be on the lookout for it.

That’s why we love this chart from Compound Interest:

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science
A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science

Here’s what the folks at Compound Interest have to say about this great resource:

The vast majority of people will get their science news from online news site articles, and rarely delve into the research that the article is based on. Personally, I think it’s therefore important that people are capable of spotting bad scientific methods, or realising when articles are being economical with the conclusions drawn from research, and that’s what this graphic aims to do. Note that this is not a comprehensive overview, nor is it implied that the presence of one of the points noted automatically means that the research should be disregarded. This is merely intended to provide a rough guide to things to be alert to when either reading science articles or evaluating research.

We urge you to consider these key points when reading anything science-related.