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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01919

Implications of Unconnected Micro, Molecular and Molar Level Research in Psychology: The case of Executive Functions, Self-Regulation and External Regulation

 Jesus de la Fuente1*,  Maria C. González-Torres2,  Maite Arnarez2,  JOSE M. MARTINEZ-VICENTE3, Francisco J. Peralta-Sánchez3 and Manuel M. Vera-Martínez4
  • 1Developmental & Educational Psychology, University of Navarra, Spain
  • 2University of Navarra, Spain
  • 3University of Almería, Spain
  • 4University of Granada, Spain

The proliferation of research production in Psychology as a science has been increasing exponentially. This situation leads to the necessity of organizing the research production into different levels of analysis that make it possible to delimit each research domain. The objective of this analysis is to clearly distinguish the different levels of research: micro-analysis, molecular and molar. Each level is presented, along with an analysis of its goodnesses and limitations. Next, this analysis is applied to the topics of Executive Functions, Self-Regulation and External Regulation. Conclusions, limitations and implications for future research are offered, with a view toward better connection of research production across the different levels, and an allusion to ethical considerations.

Keywords: Research levels, Psychology, executive functions (EF), Self-Control, External regulation

Received: 01 May 2019; Accepted: 05 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 de la Fuente, González-Torres, Arnarez, MARTINEZ-VICENTE, Peralta-Sánchez and Vera-Martínez. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Jesus de la Fuente, University of Navarra, Developmental & Educational Psychology, Pamplona, 04120, Almería, Spain, jfuente@ual.es