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A cognitive model for identifying optimal measures of beliefs

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Most of our knowledge in the social sciences is based on the study of human beliefs, but social science theories can be accepted or dismissed solely as a matter of the way beliefs are measured. The fundamental question of which is the most valid way to measure beliefs remains unanswered. We propose to (1) develop a new cognitive model that will enable us to theoretically analyse ratersâ¬" open-ended responses to existing measures and then produce new measures, and (2) empirically establish what we expect will be improved predictive validity for the new measures. This project challenges the ruling measurement orthodoxy and could lead to a paradigm shift in the way beliefs are measured in the social sciences.

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP0878423

Local Award Id


  • 9704

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Most of our knowledge in the social sciences is based on the study of human beliefs, but social science theories can be accepted or dismissed solely as a matter of the way beliefs are measured. The fundamental question of which is the most valid way to measure beliefs remains unanswered. We propose to (1) develop a new cognitive model that will enable us to theoretically analyse ratersâ¬" open-ended responses to existing measures and then produce new measures, and (2) empirically establish what we expect will be improved predictive validity for the new measures. This project challenges the ruling measurement orthodoxy and could lead to a paradigm shift in the way beliefs are measured in the social sciences.

Date/time Interval


  • 2008

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP0878423

Local Award Id


  • 9704