Theory development should begin (but not end) with good empirical fits: a comment on Roberts and Pashler (2000).

@article{Rodgers2002TheoryDS,
  title={Theory development should begin (but not end) with good empirical fits: a comment on Roberts and Pashler (2000).},
  author={J. L. Rodgers and David Charles Rowe},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={2002},
  volume={109 3},
  pages={599-604; discussion 605-7}
}
S. Roberts and H. Pashler (2000) argued against using goodness of fit as evidence to support theories. The authors agree with their suggestions for how to go beyond good fits but disagree with their starting point. In this comment, the authors argue that good fits are part and parcel of theory development, that they are part and parcel of the processes suggested by S. Roberts and H. Pashler, and that they must be the starting point (though far from the ending point) in theoretical development… CONTINUE READING