Are Psychological Quantities and Measurement Relevant in the 21st Century?

@article{McGrane2010ArePQ,
  title={Are Psychological Quantities and Measurement Relevant in the 21st Century?},
  author={Joshua A McGrane},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
  year={2010},
  volume={1}
}
  • J. McGrane
  • Published 18 May 2010
  • Psychology
  • Frontiers in Psychology
Osborne (2010, p. 1) argues that as quantitative psychologists we must “keep challenging ourselves…and…continue questioning and examining our tacit assumptions”. Whilst I wholeheartedly endorse the critical and optimistic spirit of his article, I find it alarming that he only implicitly directs quantitative psychologists to question and examine their most fundamental tacit assumption. This is the claim, or rather, inadequately tested hypothesis that continuous, psychological quantities exist… 
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