Why “Nothing” Matters in Science

Why “Nothing” Matters in Science

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Null results often get a bad rap, sometimes characterized as a study “finding nothing,” but there’s a lot we can learn from studies whose results fail to support their hypotheses.

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To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Null result: a result in a scientific study that doesn’t support the hypothesis
Premature birth: also known as preterm birth, is a birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy
XENON1T: a highly sensitive experiment to search for direct interactions of dark matter particles. It’s located deep under Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory.

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The importance of no evidence. Nat Hum Behav 3, 197 (2019).

Jena, A. B. (2017, November 10). ‘Null’ research findings aren’t empty of Meaning. Let’s publish them. Retrieved March 19, 2021, from

Maloni, Judith A. “Lack of evidence for prescription of antepartum bed rest.” Expert review of obstetrics & gynecology vol. 6,4 (2011): 385-393.

Matosin N, Frank E, Engel M, Lum JS, Newell KA. Negativity towards negative results: a discussion of the disconnect between scientific worth and scientific culture. Dis Model Mech. 2014 Feb;7(2):171-3.

Miller-Halegoua, Suzanne M. “Why null results do not mean no results: negative findings have implications for policy, practice, and research.” Translational behavioral medicine vol. 7,2 (2017): 137.

Mlinarić, Ana, Martina Horvat, and Vesna Šupak Smolčić. “Dealing with the positive publication bias: Why you should really publish your negative results.” Biochemia medica 27.3 (2017): 447-452.

W David Crews, Jr, David W Harrison, James W Wright, A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of the effects of dark chocolate and cocoa on variables associated with neuropsychological functioning and cardiovascular health: clinical findings from a sample of healthy, cognitively intact older adults, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 87, Issue 4, April 2008, Pages 872–880,

Zhao, L. (2017, December 29). When null results produce important science. Retrieved March 19, 2021, from

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