Abstract

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 181-195
Launched on MUSE
2013-04-25
Open Access
No
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