Psychological Science 2017, 40(6) 1477-1482 DOI:     ISSN: 0412-1961 CN: 21-1139/TG

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Frequency probability
Prior probability
Hypothesis test
Bayesian inference
Statistics inference
ZHONG Jian-Jun
CHEN Zhong-Yong
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Article by Chen,Z.Y

Bayesian inference should be introduced to the psychological research: its necessity, ideas and field


From perspectives of scientific paradigm progress and characteristic of statistic inference, this paper focus on why, how and what kinds of field Bayes statics inference should be applied in psychology. Firstly, because frequency probability inference can’t satisfy the need of testing the reliability of theory while scientific paradigm is progressing in the crisis stage and revolution, so some kind of statistics inference which can test the reliability of theory should be introduced. Secondly, because of the meaning of Bayes principle and the characteristic of Bayes statics inference, the Bayes statics inference should be applied when one more reliable theory should be selected from theories. At last, the Bayes statics inference should be applied in the theoretic construct and theoretic discussion, and be used in the development and assessment of mental technical products.

Keywords Frequency probability   Prior probability   Hypothesis test   Bayesian inference   Statistics inference  
Received 2017-01-05 Revised 2017-10-13 Online: 2017-11-20 
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