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There are many reasons to be sceptical about psychological measurement. However, not all research conducted in quantitative psychology is dependent on measurements. The better-than-average-effect is an example for psychological research that provides valuables insights without having to be based on measurements. The article provides arguments how to interpret this research as helpful in understanding overconfidence without relying on measurements.

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Why is it important?

Although there are decades of research questioning the assumption that the human mind can be measured, the bulk of psychology still relies on alleged measurements. Furthermore, many psychological instruments that are widely used in public (e.g., intelligence tests) are also based on the measurement assumption. Since there are many reasons to be sceptical about psychological measurement, it is important to show how psychological reserach can be freed from contested assumptions about psychological measurement. This can help in making psychological research more defensible.

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This page is a summary of: Quantitative research without measurement. Reinterpreting the better-than-average-effect, New Ideas in Psychology, January 2023, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100976.
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