What is it about?

Psychologists routinelly claim to measure psychological attributes (e.g., intelligence). However, the idea of psychological measurement is based on numerous conceptual confusions and on questionable philosophical ideas about the nature of the mind. I outline the imprecise terminology and the conceptual misconceptions that pervade the debate about psychological measurement. In conclusion, psychological measurement is just a meaningless pseudo-technical term.

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Why is it important?

Since claims about psychological measurement impact the lives of many individuals everyday (e.g., in intelligence testing and diagnostics), it is highly improtant to unravel the conceptual mess sourrounding measurement claims.

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This page is a summary of: “Are psychological attributes quantitative?” is not an empirical question: Conceptual confusions in the measurement debate, Theory & Psychology, September 2021, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/09593543211045340.
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