The myth of null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST)

The use of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) has been heavily criticized. Nevertheless, the practice of NHST only seems to be increasing. This research project is a qualitative study on the perceptions of researchers and other stakeholders within the scientific system on the use of NHST as a tool to draw conclusions from empirical studies.

Project summary

Several well-known methodologists such as John Ioannidis, have shown that using NHST leads to flawed conclusions. Nevertheless, the practice of NHST only seems to be increasing. To find out which reasons or beliefs are at the base of this, the research group has undertaken a qualitative study on the perceptions of researchers and other stakeholders within the scientific system on the use of NHST as a tool to draw conclusions from empirical studies. Results show a number of reasons why many researchers keep on using NHST and are reluctant to use other methodologies. Together with motivated stakeholders, the research team is currently working on strategies to diminish the default use of NHST and promote alternative methods in both research practices and higher education.

If you want to know more, visit the website of The Mythofnhst.

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