Psychological origins of the Industrial Revolution: Why we need causal methods and historians

Johannes Haushofer

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Abstract

Did affluence lead to psychological changes such as reduced discounting, and did these changes facilitate the innovation associated with the Industrial Revolution? I argue that claims of this sort are best made when they can be supported by causal evidence and good psychological measurement. When we have neither identifying variation nor adequate measures, the toolbox of psychologists is not useful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e200
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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