Being realist(ic) about behavioral variability
SourceTheory & Psychology, 31, 3, (2021), pp. 423-428
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Theory & Psychology
SubjectDevelopmental Psychopathology; Learning and Plasticity
Though we concur with the conclusions of the target article by Arocha (2021), in this commentary, we argue that his critiques of psychology’s standard research practices are not grounded in his scientific realism but in a (tacit) realistic theory about human behavioral variability. Then, we argue that both this tacit theory and his recommendations are already encompassed by the complex systems approach to psychology. We conclude that, taken together, these arguments strengthen Arocha’s conclusion and recommendations.
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