Bivariate Correlation

1) Find an article in the popular press (e.g., New York Times, Psychology Today, Men’s Health, Women’s Health) that describes a bivariate correlation. (Most research is more complex than a simple correlation, so there may be other findings among your article. Feel free to find an article that has additional work). Make sure to provide me the source you found.

(2) Describe the nature of the bivariate correlation in your own words. Make sure to include important aspects, such as the direction and the strength (along with other components that are important in understanding the relationship in the real world.

(3) Go to PsycINFO and find an empirical article that discusses the same (or a similar) relationship. Make sure to provide me an APA citation for this article.

a. Provide me 1/2 page to 1 page summary of the research findings in your own words. 

b. Describe the differences between the popular press article and the scholarly, empirical article. (Hint: the empirical article probably gave a lot more specifics).

c. How would the introduction of an outlier potentially change the relationship? (Be specific to your variables). What about a restriction of range?

d. Discuss why the bivariate correlation findings were not sufficient in determining cause and effect. 

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