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Accepting the null hypothesis



Accepting the null hypothesis



Memory and Cognition 23(1): 132-138



This article concerns acceptance of the null hypothesis that one variable has no effect on another. Despite frequent opinions to the contrary, this null hypothesis can be correct in some situations. Appropriate criteria for accepting the null hypothesis are (1) that the null hypothesis is possible; (2) that the results are consistent with the null hypothesis; and (3) that the experiment was a good effort to find an effect. These criteria are consistent with the meta-rules for psychology. The good-effort criterion is subjective, which is somewhat undesirable, but the alternative--never accepting the null hypothesis--is neither desirable nor practical.

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PMID: 7885262

DOI: 10.3758/bf03210562


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