Time as a variable in psychology; psychology of time
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
K. Popiołek, A. Chudzicka-Czupała, (red.), "Czas w życiu człowieka" (S. 69-85). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego.
The article raises the issues of methodological aspects of such psychological
studies which involve the category of time in various entanglements. The text is divided into
three main parts. The first part reminds us some of the most important notions and
methodological arrangements concerning the course of academic cognition. Particularly, the
attention is paid to academic laws and research hypotheses, variables and the nature of the
reserach process. The second part is devoted to some deformations of the academic
cognition in psychology, that is an unlegitimate identification of statistically important
predictors with causes, the usage of the so called non-specific aggregated variables, as well as
“hermeneutisation” of the academic cognition. The third part of the article concentrates on
a methodological peculiarity of time as the subject of psychological studies and certain
negative consequences of this oddity — giving time a status analogical to a non-specified
aggregated variable or, on the contrary, hermeneutisation of the psychology of time.