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Using confidence intervals in withinsubject designs
 PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW
, 1994
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The earth is round (p < .05
 American Psychologist
, 1994
"... After 4 decades of severe criticism, the ritual of null hypothesis significance testing—mechanical dichotomous decisions around a sacred.05 criterion—still persists. This article reviews the problems with this practice, including its nearuniversal misinterpretation ofp as the probability that Ho is ..."
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After 4 decades of severe criticism, the ritual of null hypothesis significance testing—mechanical dichotomous decisions around a sacred.05 criterion—still persists. This article reviews the problems with this practice, including its nearuniversal misinterpretation ofp as the probability that Ho is false, the misinterpretation that its complement is the probability of successful replication, and the mistaken assumption that if one rejects Ho one thereby affirms the theory that led to the test. Exploratory data analysis and the use of graphic methods, a steady improvement in and a movement toward standardization in measurement, an emphasis on estimating effect sizes using confidence intervals, and the informed use of available statistical methods is suggested. For generalization, psychologists must finally rely, as has been done in all the older sciences,
Statistical significance testing and cumulative knowledge in psychology: Implications for the training of researchers
 Psychological Methods
, 1996
"... Data analysis methods in psychology still emphasize statistical significance testing, despite numerous articles demonstrating its severe deficiencies. It is now possible to use metaanalysis to show that reliance on significance testing retards the development of cumulative knowledge. But reform of ..."
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Data analysis methods in psychology still emphasize statistical significance testing, despite numerous articles demonstrating its severe deficiencies. It is now possible to use metaanalysis to show that reliance on significance testing retards the development of cumulative knowledge. But reform of teaching and practice will also require that researchers learn that the benefits that they believe flow from use of significance testing are illusory. Teachers must revamp their courses to bring students to understand that (a) reliance on significance testing retards the growth of cumulative research knowledge; (b) benefits widely believed to flow from significance testing do not in fact exist; and (c) significance testing methods must be replaced with point estimates and confidence intervals in individual studies and with metaanalyses in the integration of multiple studies. This reform is essential to the future progress of cumulative knowledge in psychological research. In 1990, Aiken, West, Sechrest, and Reno published an important article surveying the teaching of quantitative methods in graduate psychology programs. They were concerned about what was not being taught or was being inadequately taught to future researchers and the harm this might cause to research progress in psychology. For example, they found that new and important quantitative methods such as causal modeling, confirmatory factor analysis, and metaanalysis were not being taught in the majority of graduate programs. This is indeed a legitimate cause for concern. But in this article, I am concerned about the opposite: An earlier version of this article was presented as the presidential address to the Division of Evaluation,
The case against statistical significance testing
 Harvard Educational Review
, 1978
"... In recent years the use of traditional statistical methods in educational research has increasingly come under attack. In this article, Ronald P Carver exposes the fantasies often entertained by researchers about the meaning of statistical significance. The author recommends abandoning all statistic ..."
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In recent years the use of traditional statistical methods in educational research has increasingly come under attack. In this article, Ronald P Carver exposes the fantasies often entertained by researchers about the meaning of statistical significance. The author recommends abandoning all statistical significance testing and suggests other ways of evaluating research results. Carver concludes that we should return to the scientific method of examining data and replicating results rather than relying on statistical significance testing to provide equivalent information. Statistical significance testing has involved more fantasy than fact. The emphasis on statistical significance over scientific significance in educational research represents a corrupt form of the scientific method. Educational research would be better off if it stopped testing its results for statistical significance. The case against statistical significance testing has been developed by many critics (see Morrison & Henkel, 1970b). For example, after a detailed analysis Bakan (1966) concluded that &quot;the test of statistical significance in psychological research may be taken as an instance of a kind of essential mindlessness in the conduct of research &quot; (p. 436); and as early as 1963
Consequences of prejudice against the null hypothesis
 Psychological Bulletin
, 1975
"... The consequences of prejudice against accepting the null hypothesis were examined through (a) a mathematical model intended to stimulate the researchpublication process and (b) case studies of apparent erroneous rejections of the null hypothesis in published psychological research. The input param ..."
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The consequences of prejudice against accepting the null hypothesis were examined through (a) a mathematical model intended to stimulate the researchpublication process and (b) case studies of apparent erroneous rejections of the null hypothesis in published psychological research. The input parameters for the model characterize investigators ' probabilities of selecting a problem for which the null hypothesis is true, of reporting, following up on, or abandoning research when data do or do not reject the null hypothesis, and they characterize editors ' probabilities of publishing manuscripts concluding in favor of or against the null hypothesis. With estimates of the input parameters based on a questionnaire survey of a sample of social psychologists, the model output indicates a dysfunctional researchpublication system. Particularly, the model indicates that there may be relatively few publications on problems for which the null hypothesis is (at least to a reasonable approximation) true, and of these, a high proportion will erroneously reject the null hypothesis. The case studies provide additional support for this conclusion. Accordingly, it is
Do studies of statistical power have an effect on the power of studies
 Psychological Bulletin
, 1989
"... The longterm impact of studies of statistical power is investigated using J. Cohen's (1962) pioneering work as an example. We argue that the impact is nil; the power of studies in the same journal that Cohen reviewed (now the Journal of Abnormal Psychology) has not increased over the past 24 y ..."
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The longterm impact of studies of statistical power is investigated using J. Cohen's (1962) pioneering work as an example. We argue that the impact is nil; the power of studies in the same journal that Cohen reviewed (now the Journal of Abnormal Psychology) has not increased over the past 24 years. In 1960 the median power (i.e., the probability that a significant result will be obtained if there is a true effect) was.46 for a medium size effect, whereas in 1984 it was only.37. The decline of power is a result of alphaadjusted procedures. Low power seems to go unnoticed: only 2 out of 64 experiments mentioned power, and it was never estimated. Nonsignificance was generally interpreted as confirmation of the null hypothesis (if this was the research hypothesis), although the median power was as low as.25 in these cases. We discuss reasons for the ongoing neglect of power. Since J. Cohen's (1962) classical study on the statistical power of the studies published in the 1960 volume of the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, a number of power analyses have been performed. These studies exhorted researchers to pay attention to the power of their tests rather than to focus exclusively on the level of significance. Historically, the concept of
Null Hypothesis Significance Testing: A Review of an Old and Continuing Controversy
 Psychological Methods
, 2000
"... Null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) is arguably the mosl widely used approach to hypothesis evaluation among behavioral and social scientists. It is also very controversial. A major concern expressed by critics is that such testing is misunderstood by many of those who use it. Several other ..."
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Null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) is arguably the mosl widely used approach to hypothesis evaluation among behavioral and social scientists. It is also very controversial. A major concern expressed by critics is that such testing is misunderstood by many of those who use it. Several other objections to its use have also been raised. In this article the author reviews and comments on the claimed misunderstandings as well as on other criticisms of the approach, and he notes arguments that have been advanced in support of NHST. Alternatives and supplements to NHST are considered, as are several related recommendations regarding the interpretation of experimental data. The concluding opinion is that NHST is easily misunderstood and misused but that when applied with good judgment it can be an effective aid to the interpretation of experimental data. Null hypothesis statistical testing (NHST1) is arguably the most widely used method of analysis of data collected in psychological experiments and has been so for about 70 years. One might think that a method that had been embraced by an entire research community would be well understood and noncontroversial after many decades of constant use. However, NHST is very controversial.2 Criticism of the method, which essentially began with the introduction of the technique (Pearce, 1992), has waxed and waned over the years; it has been intense in the recent past. Apparently, controversy regarding the idea of NHST more generally extends back more than two and a half
The insignificance of statistical significance testing.
 Journal of Wildlife Management,
, 1999
"... Abstract: Despite their wide use in scientific journals such as The Journal of Wildlife Management, statistical hypothesis tests add very little value to the products of research. Indeed, they frequently confuse the interpretation of data. This paper describes how statistical hypothesis tests are o ..."
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Abstract: Despite their wide use in scientific journals such as The Journal of Wildlife Management, statistical hypothesis tests add very little value to the products of research. Indeed, they frequently confuse the interpretation of data. This paper describes how statistical hypothesis tests are often viewed, and then contrasts that interpretation with the correct one. I discuss the arbitrariness of Pvalues, conclusions that the null hypothesis is true, power analysis, and distinctions between statistical and biological significance. Statistical hypothesis testing, in which the null hypothesis about the properties of a population is almost always known a priori to be false, is contrasted with scientific hypothesis testing, which examines a credible null hypothesis about phenomena in nature. More meaningful alternatives are briefly outlined, including estimation and confidence intervals for determining the importance of factors, decision theory for guiding actions in the face of uncertainty, and Bayesian approaches to hypothesis testing and other statistical practices.
Psychology will be a much better science when we change the way we analyze data
 Current Directions in Psychological Science
, 1996
"... because I believed that within it dwelt some of the most fundamental and challenging problems of the extant sciences. Who could not be intrigued, for example, by the relation between consciousness and behavior, or the rules guiding interactions in social situations, or the processes that underlie de ..."
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because I believed that within it dwelt some of the most fundamental and challenging problems of the extant sciences. Who could not be intrigued, for example, by the relation between consciousness and behavior, or the rules guiding interactions in social situations, or the processes that underlie development from infancy to maturity? Today, in 1996, my fascination with these problems is undiminished. But I've developed a certain angst over the intervening thirtysomething years—a constant, nagging feeling that our field spends a lot of time spinning its wheels without really making all that much progress. This problem shows up in obvious ways—for instance, in the regularity with which findings seem not to replicate. It also shows up in subtler ways—for instance, one doesn't often hear Psychologists saying, "Well this problem is solved now; let's move on to the next one " (as, for example, Johannes Kepler must have said over three centuries ago, after he had cracked the problem of describing planetary motion). I've come to believe that at least part of this problem revolves around our tools—particularly the tools that we use in the critical domains of data analysis and data interpretation. What we do, I sometimes feel, is akin to trying to build a violin using a stone mallet and a chainsaw. The tooltotask fit is not all that good, and as a result, we wind up building a lot of poorquality violins. My purpose here is to elaborate on these issues. In what follows, I will summarize our major dataanalysis and datainterpretation tools, and describe what I believe to be amiss with them. I will then offer some suggestions for change.
Under What Conditions Does Theory Obstruct Research Progress?
 PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW
, 1986
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