Lessons from behaviorism: the problem of construct-led science

Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5788-0948 and Rahman, Qazi ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8346-4529 (2022) Lessons from behaviorism: the problem of construct-led science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45 , e12. ISSN 0140-525X [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0140525X2100008X)

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Abstract

Yarkoni makes a number of valid points in his critical analysis of psychology, but he misses an opportunity to expose the root of its problems. That root is the poor practice around the derivation of explanatory constructs. We make comment on this with an example from behaviorist history and relate this to the recent discussion of scientific understanding in the philosophy of science.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 34749
Notes on copyright: This article has been published in a revised form in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, http://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X2100008X This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © copyright holder.
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 10:07
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URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34749

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