Does television reflect the evolution of scientific knowledge? The case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder coverage on French television.

@article{Bourdaa2015DoesTR,
  title={Does television reflect the evolution of scientific knowledge? The case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder coverage on French television.},
  author={M{\'e}lanie Bourdaa and Jan Pieter Konsman and Claire S{\'e}cail and Tommaso Venturini and Isabelle Veyrat-Masson and François Gonon},
  journal={Public understanding of science},
  year={2015},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={200-9}
}
Biomedical findings mature from uncertain observations to validated facts. Although subsequent studies often refute initial appealing findings, newspapers privilege the latter and often fail to cover refutations. Thus, biomedical knowledge and media reporting may diverge with time. Here we investigated how French television reported on three scientific questions relative to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from 1995 to 2010: i) is ADHD mainly genetic in origin, ii) does… CONTINUE READING
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