OSU Music Research Program

Glossary of Research Terms in Systematic Musicology

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See two-alternative forced choice.

See three-alternative forced choice.

ad-hoc hypothesis
The proposing of a supplementary hypothesis that is intended to explain why a favorite theory failed an experimental test. Ad hoc hypotheses are open to grave abuse -- and so researchers are encouraged to avoid them. Wherever possible, test an ad hoc hypothesis in another experiment. Further discussion.

ad hominen argument
Criticizing the person rather than criticizing the argument. Criticisms should focus on the quality of the argument. Further discussion.