Why ‘Science-Backed’ Advice Is Not Always Better

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There’s a lot of “science-backed” advice in books, articles, newspapers, and other places we get our advice from. Honestly, I also regularly refer to scientific studies.

My goal for writing articles is to combine my personal experience with evidence. Sometimes I share mostly my experience; sometimes I share stories about other people’s experiences and research. But I always think, “How can we trust these sources?” 

Fortunately, I’m not the only person who thinks that. Even scientists say we should remain critical of the findings of scientific experiments. David Chester, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently did a study of studies. Together with his colleague, Emily Lasko, they wrote: 

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