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Measurement across physical and behavioural sciences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Measurement with persons: Theory, methods and implementation areas / [ed] B. Berglund, R.B. Rossi, J.T. Townsend & L.R. Pendrill, New York and London: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis Group , 2011, 1, 1-25 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Measurement in physical and behavioral sciences has had an interactive development. Helmholz pointed out the analogy between measuring and counting (the amount of “something”), a prerequisite for measurability. Campbell established measurability by providing a characteristic” for the empirical order relation, either by a physical addition operation (reference measurement scale) or by finding a physical law (measure as a function of other quantities); i.e. fundamental or derived quantities, respectively. Stevens contributed methods for the direct measurement of sensory events and the classification of measurement scales (nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio). Krantz, Roberts, Suppes, and Luce provided the representational theory of measurement, which feasibility has gained support for all kinds of measurement among physicists and engineers. Numbers obtained through measurement represent empirical relations. This holds true for fundamental physical measurements, but also for Stevens “weaker” scales. Through cooperation among members of BIPN, the international system of metrology is continuously revised and contributes significantly to the overall progress of science and technology, i.a. by agreeing on a common language in metrology by publishing an International Vocabulary. The International System of Unites (SI, formerly MKSA system) presents quantities with units and their interrelations as well as accepted physical laws.

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New York and London: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis Group , 2011, 1. 1-25 p.
, Scientific Psychology Series
Keyword [en]
measurement, metrology, physics, psychology
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69198ISBN: 978-1-84872-939-1OAI: diva2:475427
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2012-02-24Bibliographically approved

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