October 10, 2022
What are your thoughts…
One example that shows how research uses hypothesis testing is the Physicians’ Reactions experiment, in which physicians were asked how long they would see patients that were either obese or of average-weight (Lane). Researchers found that physicians would see average-weight patients for a mean 6.4 seconds longer. However, since so many variables could contribute to a physician’s decision, the results could have been caused by chance. But through hypothesis testing, the researchers found that there was only a 0.57% chance that the results were caused by luck, consequently verifying the results of their study.