A Model Hierarchy for Psychological Science

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Lee et al. (2019) provided a comprehensive list of recommendations for modelers that aims at improving the robustness of their results. Drawing from the literature on philosophy of science, the present commentary argues for a broader view of modeling that considers the different roles that they play in our scientific practices. Following Suppes (1966), I propose a model hierarchy and discuss the distinct issues that arise at each of its levels. The benefit of a hierarchy of this kind is that it can aid researchers in better understanding the different challenges that they face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalComputational Brain and Behavior
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Cognitive modeling
  • Model comparison
  • Robustness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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