On the philosophical foundations of psychological measurement

  title={On the philosophical foundations of psychological measurement},
  author={Andrew Maul and David Torres Irribarra and Mark Wilson},
Quantification in Experimental Psychology and Pragmatic Epistemology: Tension Between the Scientific Imperative and the Social Imperative
This article is an opinion article that criticizes the usual practice in quantitative psychology. Our development seeks to link a (pragmatic) critique of measurement and statistical modeling, by
A psycho-philosophical view on the ‘conceptualisation’ of psychological measure development
Orientation: When researchers’ understanding and application of ‘conceptualisation’ can allude to nearly anything, it loses its philosophical purpose and stature. Negating the philosophical meaning
Measurement, ontology, and epistemology: Psychology needs pragmatism-realism
Measurement in psychology is at the heart of a major debate in the academic literature. We aim to contribute to a critical discussion of this issue. We propose to reposition the object of this type
The Fallacy of the Theoretical Meaning of Formative Constructs
It is argued that the mainstream in psychology should stop using formative measurement models, not only because of empirical issues but also for theoretical reasons.
On Trial: the Compatibility of Measurement in the Physical and Social Sciences
In this paper, we put social measurement on trial: providing two perspectives arguing why measurement in the social and in the physical sciences are incompatible and counter with two perspectives
Rethinking Traditional Methods of Survey Validation
ABSTRACT It is commonly believed that self-report, survey-based instruments can be used to measure a wide range of psychological attributes, such as self-control, growth mindsets, and grit.
Possible Effects of Social Science Measuring and Measurements on Persons Measured and Unmeasured: Reactivity
Believing one or persons like one are being, were, or will be measured on some social or psychological dimension and by whom may influence how one participates in being measured or otherwise lives
Measurement as a Medium for Communication and Social Action I: A Phenomenological View of Science and Society
Two sequential papers were written in response to the assertion that Measurement is a Medium for Communication and Social Action. The first provides a Phenomenological View of Science and Society,


Quantitative science and the definition of measurement in psychology
^ge d that establishing quantitative science involves two research tasks: the scientific one of showing that the relevant attribute is quantitative; and the instrumental on& of constructing
On the ontology of psychological attributes
Coherent interpretations of many claims about measurement in the psychological sciences depend on philosophically realist commitments regarding the psychological attributes purportedly being
Investigating the Psychological World: Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences
This book considers scientific method in the behavioral sciences, with particular reference to psychology. Psychologists learn about research methods and use them to conduct their research, but their
Is Psychometrics Pathological Science?
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
Construct validity in psychological tests.
The present interpretation of construct validity is not "official" and deals with some areas where the Committee would probably not be unanimous, but the present writers are solely responsible for this attempt to explain the concept and elaborate its implications.
The attack of the psychometricians
This paper analyzes the theoretical, pragmatic, and substantive factors that have hampered the integration between psychology and psychometrics and a number of promising recent developments are discussed.
Item Response Models, Pathological Science and the Shape of Error
There is nothing in Borsboom and Mellenbergh’s (2004) response that refutes my thesis that psychometrics is a pathology of science. They seek to defend item response models from my charge of
Measurement Theory, Psychology and the Revolution That Cannot Happen
Doubt is raised that revolutions in measurement theory, for example conjoint measurement or Rasch measurement, will lead to the quantification of psychological attributes. First, the meaning of
The logic of measurement: A realist overview
Statistical Theories of Mental Test Scores.
This is a reprint of the orginal book released in 1968. Our primary goal in this book is to sharpen the skill, sophistication, and in- tuition of the reader in the interpretation of mental test data,