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Exercise 6 - Towards academic reading
This exercise focuses on understanding relationships between events - and errors that students often make when one event occurs immediately after another event.
Read this paragraph and answer the question below.
A Common Mistake

"Every time I take my 'lucky pen' to an exam, I do well and get a high grade".

Did the student's 'lucky pen' really cause him to get high grades on his exams?

One common mistake is thinking that if one event often occurs immediately after another event, then the second event must have been caused by the first event.

This mistaken assumption is known as the correlation-implies-causation fallacy.

Can you think of more examples of the correlation-implies-causation fallacy?
Which of the following statements is true?
Click on the 1 correct answer.

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