A methodological comment on behavioral decision research

Bröder, Arndt

URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233427717...
Additional URL: https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-768562...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: Psychologische Beiträge
Volume: 42
Issue number: 4
Page range: 645-662
Place of publication: Lengerich [u.a.]
Publishing house: Pabst
ISSN: 0033-3018
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Allgemeine Psychologie (Bröder 2010-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: Two paradigms of behavioral decision research (BDR) are criticized for their methodological problems. The Structural Modeling approach suffers from the use of indices of questionable validity as well as from conceptual confusions concerning the distinction of theories about behavior and the statistical tool to test these theories. The Process Tracing approach, on the other hand, suffers from often unjustified assumptions and the use of ad hoc statistics as measures for noncompensatory decision making. The lack of an explicit error model prevents the development of rational similarity criteria to classify individual behavior as "compensatory" or ,.noncompensatory". Furthermore, results from both approaches seem to imply contradictory conclusions, questioning the validity of at least one of the paradigms. While some of these criticisms have been acknowledged before, a more fundamental methodological analysis attributes these problems to the inductive nature of both approaches. It is recommended to replace this inductive research mode by a more deductive and theory-testing methodology that includes the derivation of expected data patterns given a specific theory of decision making.

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