How to spot a misleading graph?

As biochemists and biologists, like all scientists we convey results in the form of graphs. We also read papers that present results. More generally graphs are used in many aspects of every day news… The following youtube video from Ted-Ed shows stunning examples on how our perception can be manipulated when graphs are created with obvious bias in mind.

This is why this post harbors the same title as the video: How to spot a misleading graph? 

It’s only 4min and 9 seconds but has stunning examples. within.


When we publish graphics and graphs we should always be clear in our goal and avoid bias in the presentation.

The Ted-Ed  channel has many 4 to 6 min animations of this nature on a variety of subjects.