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A Net of Psychological Utility Theories

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A net of ten psychological utility theories is described in the frame of the structuralist metatheory. The basic and simplest theory element is a “general theory of utility maximizing” which seems to be the core of a whole cluster of psychological theories dealing with learning, attitudes, and achievement motivation. One of the results of the reconstruction is the insight that — contrary to a widespread intuition — theories of achievement motivation cannot be conceived of as specializations of the theory of subjective expected utility. Other results concern the divergence between the theories to be tested and the theories actually being tested, the testability of achievement motivation theories, the “holism” of psychological utility theories, and the nature of the intertheoretical relationships in the social sciences in contrast to those in the natural sciences.

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  • Subjective Probability
  • Utility Theory
  • Intended Application
  • Theory Element
  • Theoretical Term

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Stephan, E. (1989). A Net of Psychological Utility Theories. In: Westmeyer, H. (eds) Psychological Theories from a Structuralist Point of View. Recent Research in Psychology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-84015-9_4

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