Wise Use of Null Hypothesis Tests

Wise Use of Null Hypothesis Tests

A Practitioner's Handbook

1st Edition - October 25, 2022

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  • Author: Frank Corotto
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323952842

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Wise Use of Null Hypothesis Tests: A Practitioner's Handbook provides readers with the foundational knowledge needed to devise and successfully validate their research. This volume provides the conceptual background needed to fully understand this methodology, including how to determine a null hypothesis, which test is most appropriate, T Tests, common misconceptions, and research study design. Written by a neurobiologist for the neuroscientist, readers will have a better understanding of null hypothesis tests in their journey to better quality research and publishing validated, significant results.

Key Features

  • Provides a foundation for neuroscientists learning more about statistics and hypothesis testing
  • Discusses methodology including how to determine a null hypothesis, which test is most appropriate, and common misconceptions
  • Instructs readers on how to best design a research study


Students and researchers in neuroscience, psychology, biology, and the health sciences, and for use in statistics courses for these audiences

Table of Contents

  • 1. For the Neuroscientist
    2. Generalizing Beyond the Results
    3. Null Hypothesis Testing Explained
    4. Common Misconceptions
    5. Criticisms and Wide Use
    6 Accepting the Null?
    7. Effect Size
    8. Simple Principles Behind the Mathematics
    9. The Two-Sample T Test and the Importance of Pooled Variance
    10. Analysis of Variance
    11. Multiple Independent Variables
    12. Comparing Slopes: ANCOVA
    13. When Data Does Not Meet T TEST AND ANOVA Requirements
    14. Controls
    15. Error Bars
    16. Research Study Design
    APPENDIX: Understanding Errors of Direction, Statistical Meaningfulness, and More

Product details

  • No. of pages: 210
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: October 25, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323952842

About the Author

Frank Corotto

Frank Corotto
Dr. Corotto is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Georgia, where he has been faculty since 1995. His research interests lie in neurophysiology, developmental neurobiology, behavior relating to the chemical senses (smell and taste) as well as the scholarship of teaching research design. Dr. Corotto has spent the last 15 years studying null hypothesis testing and its inferential framework in neuroscience and psychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Georgia, GA, USA

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