Using the proper vocabulary.


This paper makes three points. First, inferences from biological and psychological evidence pertaining to psychological constructs must use distinct vocabularies because they represent different phases of a cascade of processes. Second, there are necessarily indeterminate relations between phases of the cascade that begins with an incentive evoking a brain state which, in turn, may generate a psychological reaction and/or action. Finally, all biological and psychological phenomena occur in particular species and specific contexts; hence it is useful to append to every conclusion information on the agent and the setting in which the evidence was gathered.

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@article{Kagan2008UsingTP, title={Using the proper vocabulary.}, author={Jerome Kagan}, journal={Developmental psychobiology}, year={2008}, volume={50 1}, pages={4-8} }