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ERIC Number: EJ829212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1536-6367
Falsifiability Is the Main Issue
Borkenau, Peter
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v5 n4 p247-250 Dec 2007
In, "Idiographic Filters for Psychological Constructs," Nesselroade, Gerstorf, Hardy, and Ram study patterns of variation within individuals. In this context they make an important suggestion: to test for invariant relations among latent variables, but to allow the relations between these latent variables and their indicators to vary between persons. This is illustrated with reference to intraindividual variations of affective experiences across time: According to a confirmatory P-technique factor analysis, correlations among latent factors in affective experiences can be constrained to be the same for all persons, if the relations between these latent factors and their measured indicators are allowed to vary across persons. The author agrees with Nesselroade and other prominent psychologists that to study patterns of variation within individuals is important for personality research, as these patterns may be regarded as the building blocks of personality. According to Gordon Allport (1937), they reflect a person's equivalence classes of situations and behaviors. However, the author is less enthusiastic concerning the specific suggestions made in the target article. Identifying invariants in the intra- and interindividual variability of human behavior is an important goal of psychological research, and thus Nesselroade et al. investigated an important problem. But, as these authors state themselves, falsifiability is an obvious concern. The author contends that more work has yet to be done to find convincing solutions for that problem.
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