The Psychological Record

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 133–141 | Cite as

Psychological Events and Constructs: An Alliance with Smith

  • Mitch J. FrylingEmail author
  • Linda J. Hayes
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The distinction between constructs and events is often overlooked in the sciences, as evidenced by a number of long-standing confusions of the former with the latter. The authors propose that the distinction between constructs and events is particularly important in the science of psychology, as psychological events have a number of unique characteristics that make this confusion more likely than is the case in other sciences. The nature of psychological events and the constructs derived from them are described in this article, along with the value of maintaining the distinction between them for the science of psychology and its relations with other sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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