Theory and ontology in behavioural science

Janna Hastings* (Corresponding Author), Susan Michie, Marie Johnston

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In a recent Perspective1, Muthukrishna and Henrich (MH) argue that an important and overlooked driver for the replication crisis in the social and behavioural sciences is “the lack of a cumulative theoretical framework.” We have previously written about the importance of theory for human behaviour research2,3, and we agree that harnessing theories helps to enable cumulative science, by coordinating evidence and synthesis, providing a rationale for predictions and giving a basis for interpreting new findings4.
Original languageEnglish
Article number226
Number of pages1
JournalNature Human Behaviour
Early online date17 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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