Correlation and causation

1. Readings: PowerPoint Lecture 1; Falin (2013) –Falin, L. (2013, October 2). Correlation vs. causation. Everyday Einstein: Quick and Dirty Tips for Making Sense of Science. Scientific American. Retrieved from to an external site. 2.Assignment: Find a news article that reports on the results of a cross-sectional correlational study between two variables. There are three possible explanations for a correlation between variables X and Y: X could cause Y Y could cause X One or more other variables could cause the relation between X and Y. Discuss each of these three possible explanations for the news article you found. What explanation do you favor, and why?
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