Psychological Scaling: Theory and Applications: Report of a Conference

Psychological Scaling: Theory and Applications: Report of a Conference

Psychological Scaling: Theory and Applications: Report of a Conference

Psychological Scaling: Theory and Applications: Report of a Conference

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The various chapters of this book were originally presented as papers at a conference m psychological scaling held at Princeton, New Jersey, in May 1958. Since the war there had been a number of interesting theoretical developments in the scaling field and many applications of scaling techniques in widely differing contexts. Some research workers, for example, were concentrating on measurement of sensory magnitudes, others primarily on choice behavior, and others on measurement of attitudes. It seemed desirable to bring together investigators in these various fields to consider the present status and possible next steps in developing the theory and applications of psychological scaling methods. There was a wide general interest and enthusiasm shown for a conference on this topic.

Such a conference was also thought appropriate to mark the tenth anniversary of the Psychometric Fellowship Program, which was inaugurated through the cooperation of Educational Testing Service and Princeton University. In the spring of 1948 arrangements were completed to admit Bert Green and Warren Torgerson as the first Psychometric Fellows. Since then about 25 Fellows have been admitted to the program. We have found that students who have been encouraged to study mathematics during their undergraduate years bring a valuable preparation to their graduate study of psychology and psychometrics. Programs emphasizing the combination of mathematics and psychology are now under way in various universities. Extension and continuation of such training should contribute to a . . .

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