1. Benjamin J. Lovett, Alexander H. Jordan & Scott S. Wiltermuth (2012). Individual Differences in the Moralization of Everyday Life. Ethics and Behavior 22 (4):248 - 257.
    We report on the development and initial validation of the Moralization of Everyday Life Scale (MELS), designed to measure variations in people's assignment of moral weight to commonplace behaviors. In Study 1, participants reported their judgments for a large number of potential moral infractions in everyday life; principal components analysis revealed 6 main dimensions of these judgments. In Study 2, scores on the 30-item MELS showed high reliability and distinctness from the Big 5 personality traits. In Study 3, scores on (...)
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  2. S. Brian Hood & Benjamin J. Lovett (2011). Realism and Operationism in Psychiatric Diagnosis. Philosophical Psychology 24 (2):207-222.
    In the context of psychiatric diagnosis, operationists claim that mental disorders are nothing more than the satisfying of objective diagnostic criteria, whereas realists claim that mental disorders are latent entities that are detected by applying those criteria. The implications of this distinction are substantial in actual clinical situations, such as in the co-occurrence of disorders that may interfere with one another's detection, or when patients falsify their symptoms. Realist and operationist conceptions of diagnosis may lead to different clinical decisions in (...)
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  3. S. Brian Hood & Benjamin J. Lovett (2010). Network Models of Psychopathology and Comorbidity: Philosophical and Pragmatic Considerations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (2-3):159-160.
    Cramer et al.'s account of comorbidity comes with a substantive philosophical view concerning the nature of psychological disorders. Although the network account is responsive to problems with extant approaches, it faces several practical and conceptual challenges of its own, especially in cases where the individual differences in network structures require the analysis of intra-individual time-series data.
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