Michael E. Young (1998) Are Hypothetical Constructs Preferred Over Intervening Variables?
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Psycoloquy 9(09): Are Hypothetical Constructs Preferred Over Intervening Variables?
ARE HYPOTHETICAL CONSTRUCTS PREFERRED OVER INTERVENING VARIABLES?
Michael E. Young
Commentary on Green on Connectionist-Explanation
Dept. of Psychology
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Green (1998) expresses dissatisfaction with contemporary
connectionist models as theories of cognition. A reexamination of
the historical distinction between hypothetical constructs and
intervening variables and their relative roles in theory
development reveals an important role for well-designed,
parsimonious connectionist models in the study of cognition.
Although realist theories (i.e., theories that include hypothetical
constructs) are bolder and might provide more intellectual
satisfaction to psychologists, instrumentalist theories (i.e.,
theories that include only intervening variables) can bring rigor
and understanding to the enterprise of cognitive science.
artificial intelligence, cognition, computer modelling,
connectionism, epistemology, explanation, methodology, neural nets,
philosophy of science, theory.
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