Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

Significance tests: Necessary but not sufficient

Louis G. Tassinary a1
a1 Environmental Psychophysiology Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3137


Chow (1996) offers a reconceptualization of statistical significance that is reasoned and comprehensive. Despite a somewhat rough presentation, his arguments are compelling and deserve to be taken seriously by the scientific community. It is argued that his characterization of literal replication, types of research, effect size, and experimental control are in need of revision.