Modeling developmental processes in psychology
Nurmi, J.-E. (2013). Modeling developmental processes in psychology. Perspectives on Science, 21 (2), 181-195. doi:10.1162/POSC_a_00092
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In the present article I suggest first that modeling in psychology can be described as an interactive process between a phenomenon under study (reality) and different levels of theoretical conceptualizations that vary in respect to how directly they can be related to empirical observations and at what level of generalization they operate. Then, I give three examples of my own work concerning building theories and testing models. Next, I discuss some caveats scientists face when building theories and models on the basis of their observations. Finally, I make a few conclusions on the basis of the article.