Comments on Rodgers (2010a, 2010b) and Robinson and Levin (2010) are presented. Rodgers (2010a) initially reported on a growing trend towards more mathematical and statistical modeling; and a move away from null hypothesis significance testing (NHST). He defended and clarified those views in his sequel. Robinson and Levin argued against the perspective espoused by Rodgers and called for more research using experimentally manipulated interventions and less emphasis on correlational research and ill-founded prescriptive statements. In this response, the goal of science and major scientific approaches are discussed as well as their strengths and shortcomings. Consideration is given to how their recent articles intersect or differ on these points. A summary and suggestions are provided regarding how to move forward with scientific inferences.
Harlow, Lisa L.
"On Scientific Research: The Role of Statistical Modeling and Hypothesis Testing,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol9/iss2/4