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Psychological constructs as local optima

Psychological constructs are necessary abstractions to operationalize otherwise intractable entities. However, the way constructs are defined and refined over time introduces notable bias into models of behaviour, which prevents effective knowledge building within and across subfields.

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Moreau, D., Wiebels, K. Psychological constructs as local optima. Nat Rev Psychol 1, 188–189 (2022).

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