Synopses & Reviews
Is it possible to measure psychological attributes like intelligence, personality and attitudes and if so, how does that work? What does the term 'measurement' mean in a psychological context? This fascinating and timely book discusses these questions and investigates the possible answers that can be given response. Denny Borsboom provides an in-depth treatment of the philosophical foundations of widely used measurement models in psychology. The theoretical status of classical test theory, latent variable theory and positioned in terms of the underlying philosophy of science. Special attention is devoted to the central concept of test validity and future directions to improve the theory and practice of psychological measurement are outlined.
"Once in a while a book comes along that captures an idea, a zeitgeist, so convincingly and articulately, that you know before you finish that it has already enriched the way you think about a topic...Measuring the Mind: Conceptual Issues in Contemporary Psychometrics by Denny Borsboom represents such a book."
Jacqueline P. Leighton, Journal of Education Measurement
Denny Borsboom provides an in-depth treatment of the philosophical foundations of widely used measurement models in psychology.
About the Author
Denny Borsboom is Assistant Professor of Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam. He has published in Synthese, Applied Psychological Measurement, Psychological Review and Intelligence.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. True scores; 3. Latent variables; 4. Scales; 5. Relations between the models; 6. The concept of validity; References; Index.