As you heard in our second lecture (and, undoubtedly, have heard before in previous courses in Psychology and other scientific fields), just because a correlational relationship emerges between variables in a study does not mean we know anything regarding the causal relationship between those variables.
Check out this popular media write-up of a research study. The title of the web piece is Bullied Kids Averse to Exercise and it describes a relationship between bullying and decreased physical activity (i.e., a negative correlation).
The topic here is interesting to begin with, as bullying certainly has social psychological antecedents and implications. But let’s just focus on research methods for the time being. Any problems with the way the research findings are described in the story on outsideonline.com? That is, does the web piece offer conclusions that are appropriate based on the type of study being addressed? What do you think?