Analysis of Variance in the Service of Interactionism

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Douglas Wahlsten, Visiting Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Vreeke (this issue) asserts: "If you hold that reality is interactive, but use methods which presuppose the separateness of genes and the environment, your are stuck with a problem of interpretation." A similar point was made recently by a colleague in behavior genetics who chastised me, a critic of heritability analysis [Wahlsten, 1990, 1994, 1999a, 1999b], for employing the analysis of variance (ANOVA) in a recent study [Crabbe, Wahlsten and Dudek, 1999]. In reply, I argue that (a) ANOVA does not presuppose the separateness of genes and environment; (b) devotées of interactionism often employ ANOVA to examine results of factorial experiments precisely because the method can reveal the presence of interactions; and (c) all users of ANOVA must struggle with problems of interpretation, but these problems are especially severe for those who apply correlational methods to study human populations.

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Human Development, 43: 46-50.
Language: English
Date: 2000
Behavior genetics, Effect size, Heritability, Multiplicative model, Sample size, Statistical power

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