Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Functional clothes for the emperor

Gary L. Brase a1
a1 Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211


A more complete and balanced theoretical framework for social psychology, as recommended in the target article, must include functional explanations of processes – moving beyond enumerations of processes and their properties. These functional explanations are at a different, but complementary, level from process descriptions. The further advancement of social psychology relies on the incorporation of such multilevel explanations.