When Experiments Serve Little Purpose: Misguided Research in Mainstream Psychology


Journal Article

This paper attempts further to explicate and justify the belief, held by a number of critics of mainstream psychology, that much customary empirical research tells one little that could not have been known without it. Apart from questions of tautology or indeterminate relations to observation, many hypotheses are derivable from propositions that are unfalsifiable because they cannot be tested without relying on conceptualizations which imply the propositions themselves. Experiments that serve no purpose beyond the operationalization of such hypotheses are a misguided enterprise. © 1998, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wallach, MA; Wallach, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 183 - 194

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0959-3543

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0959354398082005

Citation Source

  • Scopus