A walk in the park increases poor research practices and decreases reviewer critical thinking

“That’s right folks – the key behavioral interaction of the paper – is non-significant. Measly. Minuscule.

Forget about p-values for a second and consider the gall it takes to not only completely skim over this fact (nowhere in the paper is it mentioned) and head right to the delicious t-tests, but to egregiously promote this ‘finding’ in the title, abstract, and discussion as showing evidence for an effect of nature on rumination!

No correlations with the (non-significant) behavior. Just pure and simple reverse inference piled on top of fallacious interpretation of a non-significant interaction.”

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567.full “Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation”


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