Correlation Critique

Objective: To demonstrate the reasons why we cannot assume causation in a correlational research study; to
understand the nature of a “third variable.”
Locate a correlational research study online. This can be found in any major news outlet, such as NPR, BBC,
CNN, etc. This can also be found in a scholarly research article through Google Scholar or the BHCC library
Explain why causation cannot be assumed within that particular research study. What could be examples of
“third variables” that might be at play?

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