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Mechanistic modeling for the masses

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 February 2022

Matthew A. Turner
Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA95343, USA.;;,
Paul E. Smaldino
Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced, Merced, CA95343, USA.;;,


The generalizability crisis is compounded, or even partially caused, by a lack of specificity in psychological theories. Expanding the use of mechanistic models among psychologists is therefore important, but faces numerous hurdles. A cultural evolutionary approach can help guide and evaluate interventions to improve modeling efforts in psychology, such as developing standards and implementing them at the institutional level.

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