Hypothesis testing in ecology: psychological aspects and the importance of theory maturation.

  • Craig Loehle
  • Published 1987 in The Quarterly review of biology

Abstract

Proper hypothesis testing is the subject of much debate in ecology. According to studies in cognitive psychology, confirmation bias (a tendency to seek confirming evidence) and theory tenacity (persistent belief in a theory in spite of contrary evidence) pervasively influence actual problem solving and hypothesis testing, often interfering with effective… (More)

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