Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Chow: Statistical significance

If you've got an effect, test its significance; if you've got a weak effect, do a meta-analysis

John F. Kihlstrom a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1650 [email protected]


Statistical significance testing has its problems, but so do the alternatives that are proposed; and the alternatives may be both more cumbersome and less informative. Significance tests remain legitimate aspects of the rhetoric of scientific persuasion.