Situated behavior and the place of measurement in psychological theory

  • van Orden G
  • Kello C
  • Holden J
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Abstract

This article emulates Robert Shaw’s creative use of analogies. Measured values of human behavior may entail contradictory attributes of wave and particle, by analogy with the wave/particle attributes of the electron. 1/f scaling is the wave attribute in this analogy and punctate data-points are the particle attribute. One consequence of the wave/particle duality in physics was to elevate measurement to a primary place in physical theory. Thus one purpose of the present analogy is to likewise elevate measurement to a primary place in psychological theory consistent with the brief quote from Robert Shaw that begins this article.

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