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    The problem of circularity in evidence, argument, and explanation

    Hahn, Ulrike (2011) The problem of circularity in evidence, argument, and explanation. Perspectives on Psychological Science 6 (2), pp. 172-182. ISSN 1745-6916.

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    A number of recent articles (Fiedler, 2011, this issue; Gigerenzer, 2009; Kriegeskorte, Simmons, Bellgowen, & Baker, 2009; Vul & Kanwisher, 2010) have highlighted seemingly circular arguments and explanations in psychological research, which suggests that the problem is rife within psychology. The article reviews the literature on circularity, and, in light of this, evaluates these recent examples from psychology to determine whether it is indeed circularity that is the underlying problem and to make suggestions for what paths improvements might pursue.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): circular arguments, circular explanation, circular analysis
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 10:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03


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