Let’s all play with the same rules
Reporting trends/tendencies towards significance for p > 0.05 in one of our recent publications has been criticized by Drs. Héroux and Gandevia (2019). Tendencies towards significance have been frequently reported in the literature, including experiments from Dr. Gandevia’s lab. Indeed, we found over 25 papers from his group where statistical trends or tendencies, i.e., convoluted and self-serving interpretations of p values (to quote the authors), are reported. Here are two examples:
‘There was a tendency for training with fast contractions to produce a greater increase in contralateral strength than slow training (p = 0.08) (Abstract)’ (…) ‘The effect of training speed on contralateral strength was not statistically significant, but there was a tendency for training at the higher speed to have a greater effect on strength of the contralateral limb than training at the lower speed (p = 0.08)’ (…) ‘There was a non significant trendfor training at higher speeds to produce a greater...
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