The Role of Hypotheses in Biomechanical Research

Science in Context 25 (2):247-262 (2012)

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Darrell P. Rowbottom
Lingnan University
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This paper investigates whether there is a discrepancy between stated and actual aims in biomechanical research, particularly with respect to hypothesis testing. We present an analysis of one hundred papers recently published in The Journal of Experimental Biology and Journal of Biomechanics, and examine the prevalence of papers which have hypothesis testing as a stated aim, contain hypothesis testing claims that appear to be purely presentational, and have exploration as a stated aim. We found that whereas no papers had exploration as a stated aim, 58 per cent of papers had hypothesis testing as a stated aim. We had strong suspicions, at the bare minimum, that presentational hypotheses were present in 31 per cent of the papers in this latter group
Keywords Hypothesis Testing  Biomechanics  Prediction  Accommodation
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DOI 10.1017/s0269889712000051
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