Webcomic profile: The Science of Cookies
The Science of Cookies
Webcomic on meta-research, health research, evidence based practice, EBM and research methods. Originally in French (2016-2019).
Last update: 3rd Jan 2020, 12:02 PM
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Non-profit webcomic on (initially) health research, research on research itself (meta-research) and science more broadly. Technically also about cookies which are used as stand-ins for many things (usually research studies). Does include stuff on study design, questionable research practices, biases, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, trials generally, ethical review boards and various other shenanigans.


These comics contain medical information. Illustrating in a humoristic way requires simplifying information and presenting it in a form that can be interpretated in many different ways; some subtle details are thus lost and errors can appear. Even if the information is correct, it might not be applicable to your specific situation or might no longer be relevant. Ideas found in the comics were not meant to substitute discussions with a health professionnal.


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I took some years to do a doctorate to learn how to do research...

... But by the time I got my doctorate I had forgotten the research questions that matter most to practitioners...
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People with disease X
1990 1995
What happened in 1994, did we find a cure to this disease?

Not really...
... In 1994 the medical community acknowledged it was not a disease but a normal part of a healthy life...
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I recommend you publicly register your study hypotheses and statistical plan, share all your data and materials, base your work on summaries of the literature...
... Collaborate with your opponents, replicate previous...

... But if you begin with any single one of these changes that's a massive start already!
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If I do this blood test enough times I ought to find something!

... A false-positive test result?
Falsely positive
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We followed people in the treatment group for a week and others for a year.

Surprisingly there were more headaches reported in the control group.
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