Bayesian Inference for Psychology. Part II: Example applications with JASP


Bayesian hypothesis testing presents an attractive alternative to p value hypothesis testing. Part I of this series outlined several advantages of Bayesian hypothesis testing, including the ability to quantify evidence and the ability to monitor and update this evidence as data come in, without the need to know the intention with which the data were collected. Despite these and other practical advantages, Bayesian hypothesis tests are still reported relatively rarely. An important impediment to the widespread adoption of Bayesian tests is arguably the lack of user-friendly software for the run-of-the-mill statistical problems that confront psychologists for the analysis of almost every experiment: the t-test, ANOVA, correlation, regression, and contingency tables. In Part II of this series we introduce JASP (, an open-source, cross-platform, user-friendly graphical software package that allows users to carry out Bayesian hypothesis tests for standard statistical problems. JASP is based in part on the Bayesian analyses implemented in Morey and Rouder's BayesFactor package for R. Armed with JASP, the practical advantages of Bayesian hypothesis testing are only a mouse click away.


Wagenmakers, E., Love, J., Marsman, M., Jamil, T., Ly, A., Verhagen, J., Selker, R., Gronau, Q., Dropmann, D., Boutin, B., Meerhol, F., Knight, P., Raj, A., van Kesteren, E., van Doorn, J., Smira, M., Epskamp, S., Etz, A., Matzke, D., Rouder, J., & Morey, R. (2018). Bayesian Inference for Psychology. Part II: Example applications with JASP. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 58–76.


    title   = {{B}ayesian {I}nference for {P}sychology. {P}art {I}{I}: {E}xample applications with {J}{A}{S}{P}},
    author  = {Wagenmakers, Eric-Jan and Love, Jonathon and Marsman, M. and Jamil, T. and Ly, Alexander and Verhagen, Josine and Selker, Ravi and Gronau, Quentin and Dropmann, D. and Boutin, B. and Meerhol, F. and Knight, P. and Raj, A. and van Kesteren, E. and van Doorn, Johnny and Smira, M. and Epskamp, Sacha and Etz, Alexander and Matzke, Dora and Rouder, Jeffrey and Morey, Richard},
    year    = {2018},
    journal = {Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
    volume  = {25},
    pages   = {58--76}