Identification of nnderlying assumptions is an integral part of research: An example from motor control

Burgess-Limerick, Robin, Bruce Abernethy and Limerick, Brigid (1994) Identification of nnderlying assumptions is an integral part of research: An example from motor control. Theory and Psychology, 4 1: 139-146. doi:10.1177/0959354394041007


Author Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Bruce Abernethy
Limerick, Brigid
Title Identification of nnderlying assumptions is an integral part of research: An example from motor control
Journal name Theory and Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3543
1461-7447
Publication date 1994-02-01
Year available 1994
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0959354394041007
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 139
End page 146
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Research is inherently subjective. It is conducted within a theoretical and methodological framework, the validity of which depends on underlying assumptions about the nature of reality and knowledge. The interpretation of one's own data, and the evaluation of the data interpretation of others, requires assessment of these underlying philosophical assumptions. We contend that while examination of philosophical assumptions is demonstrably an integral part of research, it is one which has largely been neglected in experimental psychology because researchers have rarely explicitly identified their ontological and epistemological assumptions. A contemporary debate in experimental psychology, that between representational and non-representational approaches to understanding the control of movement, is discussed to illustrate the influence such ontological and epistemological assumptions have upon methodological choices and upon the development and evaluation of theory.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
 
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