Is Psychometrics Pathological Science?

@article{Michell2008IsPP,
  title={Is Psychometrics Pathological Science?},
  author={Joel Michell},
  journal={Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives},
  year={2008},
  volume={6},
  pages={24 - 7}
}
  • J. Michell
  • Published 29 May 2008
  • Psychology
  • Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives
Pathology of science occurs when the normal processes of scientific investigation break down and a hypothesis is accepted as true within the mainstream of a discipline without a serious attempt being made to test it and without any recognition that this is happening. It is argued that this has happened in psychometrics: The hypothesis upon which it is premised, that psychological attributes are quantitative, is accepted within the mainstream, and not only do psychometricians fail to acknowledge… Expand
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