An earlier version of this paper was presented at the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Zeitschrift für Psychologie in Berlin, 12–16 July 1990 and published in the Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Suppl. 11, pp. 61–70, 1991.
Back to the phenomena: Theory, methods, and statistics in psychological research†
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
European Journal of Personality
Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 1–14, March 1992
How to Cite
Magnusson, D. (1992), Back to the phenomena: Theory, methods, and statistics in psychological research. Eur. J. Pers., 6: 1–14. doi: 10.1002/per.2410060102
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 NOV 1991
- Manuscript Received: 25 SEP 1991
- Swedish Tercentenary Fund
- Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research
In this paper the role of four interdependent elements of the research process is discussed: namely the phenomena with which the problem under consideration is concerned (i.e. individual thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions), theories, methods for the collection of the data, and statistical procedures for data analysis. It is stated that the appropriate use of theory, method, and statistics must be based on systematic analyses and descriptions of the phenomena per se.