Jingle-jangle fallacies

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Jingle-jangle fallacies refer to the erroneous assumptions that two different things are the same because they bear the same name (jingle fallacy) or that two identical or almost identical things are different because they are labeled differently (jangle fallacy).[1][2][3] In research, a jangle fallacy describes the inference that two measures (e.g., tests, scales) with different names measure different constructs. By comparison, a jingle fallacy is based on the assumption that two measures which are called by the same name capture the same construct.[4][5]

An example of the jangle fallacy can be found in tests designed to assess emotional intelligence. Some of these tests measure merely personality or regular IQ-tests.[6] An example of the jingle fallacy is that personality and values are sometimes conflated and treated as the same construct.[7]

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  1. ^ Kelley, Truman Lee (1927). Interpretation of Educational Measurements. Yonkers-on-Hudson, N.Y.: World Book Company. pp. 62–65.
  2. ^ Roeser, Robert W.; Peck, Stephen C.; Nasir, Nailah Suad (2006). "Self and Identity Processes in School Motivation, Learning, and Achievement". In Alexander, Patricia k.; Winne, Philip H. (eds.). Handbook of Educational Psychology (2nd ed.). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum. pp. 392–393. ISBN 978-0-8058-4937-0.
  3. ^ Pedhazur, Elazar J.; Pedhazur Schmelkin, Liora (1991). Measurement, Design, and Analysis: An Integrated Approach. Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-89859-555-0.
  4. ^ Corsini, Raymond J. (1991). The Dictionary of Psychology. New York: Routledge. pp. 513, 514. ISBN 978-1-58391-328-4.
  5. ^ Marsh, Herbert W. (2007). "Physical Self-Concept and Sport". In Jowett, Sophia; Lavallee, David (eds.). Social Psychology in Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7360-5780-6.
  6. ^ Gignac, Gilles E. (2009). "Psychometrics and the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence". In Stough, Con; Saklofske, Donald H.; Parker, James D. A. (eds.). Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications. New York: Springer. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-387-88370-0.
  7. ^ Higgs, Malcolm; Scott, Lichtenstein (2010). "Exploring the 'Jingle Fallacy': a study of personality and values". Journal of General Management. 36 (1): 43–61.

Further reading[edit]

  • Marsh, Herbert W. (1994). "Sport Motivation Orientations: Beware of Jingle-Jangle Fallacies". Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 16 (4): 365–380.