Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

In this Friday’s Weekly Round Up we’ll be focusing on hormonal health, food timing and some benefits of choline you might not have known about.
Supporting thyroid health
Best times to eat
How choline effects pregnancy
A discussion on the EAT Lancet paper
Benefits of meditation
Kid(z) tell YOU why we need to eat vegetables

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How to Interpret Research Findings

Research findings

Regarding significance testing, the bigger question here is what does a significant result mean? Just because there is a significant difference between two means (averages) doesn’t mean the difference has significance.

You might already be a little confused, let me clear this up. A significant change means that there is a 95% (p < .05), 99% (p < .01) or 99.9% (p < .001) chance that what the researcher manipulated altered the result above and beyond what you would expect by chance. A significant difference represents both the distance between two means and the variability of the scores within those means. Read More >>

How to Interpret Research Designs

Laboratory Research

An issue that began in the early 1900’s and has continued to cause problems today, is that many scientists forget the hierarchy of research. The hierarchy begins with hypothesis generating methodologies such as epidemiology and cross-sectional research (epidemiology based on a specific population characteristic). These are the studies that almost exclusively use self-report to generate their findings.

The issue with self-report is that it is often inaccurate and unreliable. Participants will lie on survey questions that put them in a negative light and they will inaccurately remember events that happened previously, self-report on food scales are notorious for having these issues.

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