The study reported by ABC News about gambling was done thoroughly and accurately. ABC News began by stating who published the study. This gave the article credibility because it gives the reader the ability to check their source and verify the statements made. This sets up the rest of the article because without it, the article’s credibility would be much more questionable. Without being able to refer back the study that this article is referencing, the information it states would be impossible to verify. This is because without knowing where the study this article claims reference is, there is no way to determine if this article is reporting on that study accurately. But because the article does state where the study came from, readers can go to that same place to ascertain whether the truth is being reported or not.
However, one fact that hurts this article’s credibility is the lack of a publishing date. Without being able to ascertain how old the article is, it is impossible to tell whether the information is up to date. It could be that information, while true when it was published, is not so old that newer studies have debunked it.
First, the article in question, Study: Gambling Affects Brain Like Drugs, was published by ABC News. Second, ABC explained what the results of the study were: that gambling affects the same parts of the human brain as do drugs like cocaine and morphine, and that they stimulate those parts of the brain in the same way. Third, the article has not date to go along with its posting. Fourth, ABC published the article on their news website, and the study they used came from the journal Neuron. Fifth and finally, the information was published in an article form, explaining the results of the study but without disclosing any of its finer details.