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An Introduction To the Logic of Psychological Measurement.

Author: Joel Michell
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book declines to take for granted the widespread assumption that existing psychometric procedures provide scientific measurement. The currently fashionable concepts of measurement within psychology -- operationalism and representationalism -- are critically examined, and the classical view, that measurement is the assessment of quantity, is defended. Within this framework, it is shown how conjoint measurement  Read more...
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Michell, Joel.
An Introduction To the Logic of Psychological Measurement.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Michell
ISBN: 9781317784074 1317784073
OCLC Number: 870226889
Notes: Subject index.
Description: 1 online resource (201 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Part I Theory; Section 1 Some History; Chapter 1 Making the Myth of Mental Measurement; The Quantitative Imperative; History of the Concept of Measurement; Section 2 And Philosophy; Chapter 2 The Theory of Measurement in Psychology; Operationalism; The Representational Theory of Measurement; The Problem of Permissible Statistics; A Critique of Representationalism; Chapter 3 What Quantity and Measurement Really Are; Quantity; Continuous Quantity; Continuous Quantities and Real Numbers; Measurement; Chapter 4 Searching for Quantity. Extensive MeasurementConjoint Measurement; Double Cancellation; Solvability; The Archimedean Condition; Conjoint Noninteractive Quantitative Structures; Quantification by Conjoint Measurement; The Generality of Conjoint Measurement; Conclusion; Part II Applications; Chapter 5 Thurstone's Theory of Comparative Judgment; The Method of Pair Comparisons; An Outline of Thurstone's Theory; Thurstone's Theory and Conjoint Measurement; An Example of Conjoint Measurement; Chapter 6 The Theory of Multidimensional Scaling; The Theory of Ordinal Multidimensional Scaling. The Application of Conjoint MeasurementAn Example of Conjoint Measurement; Chapter 7 Coombs' Theory of Unfolding; An Outline of the Theory; The Application of Conjoint Measurement; An Example of Conjoint Measurement; Chapter 8 Prospects for the Development of Psychological Measurement; The Need for Stimulus Control; Extending Applications of Conjoint Measurement; Extending the Theory of Conjoint Measurement; Deepening the Understanding of Quantity; Conclusion; Appendix 1 The Theory of Order; The Concept of Order; A Psychological Example of Ordinal Structure; References; Author Index.

Abstract:

This book declines to take for granted the widespread assumption that existing psychometric procedures provide scientific measurement. The currently fashionable concepts of measurement within psychology -- operationalism and representationalism -- are critically examined, and the classical view, that measurement is the assessment of quantity, is defended. Within this framework, it is shown how conjoint measurement can be used to test the hypothesis that variables are quantitative. This theme is developed in detail using familiar psychological examples, such as Thurstone's law of comparative ju.

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