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Maybe the research hypothesis was false to begin with

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Unformatted text preview: 9/29/13 1.  Effect size   By increasing effect size, we increase power.   How could we increase effect size? ▪  Just predict a larger effect? ▪  No, this would be lying to yourself, and give you a false sense of power. Bad idea. ▪  Increase the expected difference between groups by changing your study design. For example: ▪  Use a stronger manipulaDon ▪  Compare more diverse groups (more extreme)   UlDmately, changing effect size may not be pracDcal or may change the meaning of your study 2.  Standard devia@on   By decreasing standard deviaDon, we increase power.   How could we decrease standard deviaDon? ▪  Collect data from a sample that is very homogenous (not much variaDon) ▪  Disadvantage is that your findings may not be generalizable ▪  Use standardized, controlled tesDng circumstances ▪  Reduces noise/error/variability   Also may not be pracDcal. 3.  Sample size   By increasing sample size, we increase power. ▪  Probably the most common method for addressing issues related to power. When researchers apply for grants, they calculate power to determine the sample size they need to collect for the study. Must convince the funding commiyee that their study has enough power.   May be more costly 19 9/29/13 4.  Significance level   By using a more lenient significance level (e.g., p < .10 or p < .25), we increase power. ▪  However, this raises the probability of a Type I error. ▪  Also, is harder to publish (because now you’re violaDng normal standards for the field, and maybe finding things...
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