Find an example in your environment (in a newspaper article, a TV news show, a political campaign, etc.) in which two variables are correlated and the author/presenter/speaker is implying that one of these variables causes the other. Comment on the strength of the evidence that causation is really present. Can you think of another factor (a confounding or lurking variable) that might be the underlying cause of both variables?

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In order to demonstrate the example when correlation does not imply causation, the article discussing the link between soft drinks and aggression in children was chosen. It is stated that heavy soda drinkers are much prone to violent behavior than other children. For this particular research, the intake of soft drinks is the explanatory variable (x), and the number of cases of aggressive behavior is the response variable (y). Thus, if a child drinks soft drinks, the probability that he or she will be engaged in an aggressive act increases. In turn, in order to improve a child’s behavior, his or her consumption of soda drinks needs to be eliminated.

However, the strength of the evidence presented in the article is rather doubtful. Even though there is a correlation between the intake of soft drinks and aggressive behavior in children, it has not been proven that changes in the independent variable actually cause changes in the dependent variable. In other words, this surprising correlation may exist, yet the research is poor. The link between two variables could be explained by the presence of the third variable (confounding or lurking) that was not considered by the researchers. In particular, one could suggest taking into account other factors, such as race, gender, ethnicity, living conditions, health condition, and body mass index. It is possible to state that both high soda consumption and aggressive behavior could be attributable to low blood sugar. Furthermore, given the lack of strong evidence, one could note that soda consumption could be a response variable, and violence could be an explanatory variable.

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