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This one weird trick will help you spot clickbait - Jeff Leek and Lucy McGowan

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Health headlines are published every day, sometimes making opposite claims from each other. There can be a disconnect between broad, attention-grabbing headlines and the often specific, incremental results of the medical research they cover. So how can you avoid being misled by grabby headlines? Jeff Leek and Lucy McGowan explain how to read past the clickbait.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lucy McGowan, Jeff Leek
  • Director Michael Kalopaidis
  • Animator Maria Savva
  • Storyboard Artist Jeanne Bornet
  • Illustrator Jeanne Bornet
  • Sound Designer Andreas Trachonitis
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-Checker Brian Gutierrez
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click bait can be found on videos
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I often explore articles on psychology topics that come across my social media feed. Because of this, I will click on what I think is a new article but instead leads me to a website or app on the topic to sign up for.
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people only make clickbaits to attract others and get clout. they are brainless greedy people who want money fast without earning it. And somehow they always fail. (karma)
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Yes, every person is different, so not every person will get the same test scores. You need a bigger sample size.
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There is a lot of clickbait video and there are a lot of them, will they miss topic but the people will belive it? If the people take the falus new but not the true one what will happen?
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It's hard to tell what is clickbait and what isn't. I like to check sources before I make a donation to a charity. Clickbait is dangerous cuz you might get scammed and be broke >:o`
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Kids can focus better at school
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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lucy McGowan, Jeff Leek
  • Director Michael Kalopaidis
  • Animator Maria Savva
  • Storyboard Artist Jeanne Bornet
  • Illustrator Jeanne Bornet
  • Sound Designer Andreas Trachonitis
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-Checker Brian Gutierrez

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