IV2 - IV.MeaningfulnessMaximization

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IV. Meaningfulness Maximization  It is not enough simply to maximize the likelihood that someone else will  get your results if they repeat your procedures; or that they will get your  results if the procedures vary in some way; or that you made every effort to  find small effects. Your findings must also be meaningful. If you are an  emergency room medic it is more meaningful to discover arterial bleeding  than ingrown toe nails. If you are charged with finding the sources of noise  in an apartment it is more meaningful to discover a free running  jackhammer than a dripping faucet.  This basic concept takes two major forms in psychological research: 1) it is  important that variations in your independent or predictor variable  account for a large proportion of the variation in your dependent or  predicted variable and, 2) You must maximize the ability of your paradigm 
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