Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

The null-hypothesis significance-test procedure: Can't live with it, can't live without it

Charles F. Blaich a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN 47933


If the NHSTP procedure is essential for controlling for chance, why is there little, if any, discussion of the nature of chance by Chow and other advocates of the procedure. Also, many criticisms that Chow takes to be aimed against the NHSTP (null-hypothesis significance-test) procedure are actually directed against the kind of theory that is tested by the procedure.