There is no generalizability crisis Comment

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Lakens D., UYGUN TUNÇ D., Tunc M. N.

BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, vol.45, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 45
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0140525x21000340
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, BIOSIS, Communication & Mass Media Index, EMBASE, INSPEC, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MEDLINE, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo, Sociological abstracts
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Falsificationist and confirmationist approaches provide two well-established ways of evaluating generalizability. Yarkoni rejects both and invents a third approach we call neo-operationalism. His proposal cannot work for the hypothetical concepts psychologists use, because the universe of operationalizations is impossible to define, and hypothetical concepts cannot be reduced to their operationalizations. We conclude that he is wrong in his generalizability-crisis diagnosis.