Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

Stranded statistical paradigms: The last crusade

Judith Glück a1 and Oliver Vitouch a1
a1 Institute of Psychology, University of Vienna, A-1010 Vienna, Austria [email protected] [email protected]


Chow tries to show that for the case of hard-core experimentation, the criticisms of NHST are not valid. Even if one is willing to adopt his epistemological ideology, several shortcomings of NHST remain. We argue for a flexible and thoughtful application of statistical tools (including significance tests) instead of a ritualized statistical catechism that relies on the magic of α.