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Assessing traits in a psychophysical way: Reassessing need for cognition and behavioral inhibition/approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2018 (English)In: Fechner Day 2018: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics / [ed] Friedrich Müller, Lara Ludwigs, Malizia Kupper, International Society for Psychophysics , 2018, p. 36-42Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate if different scale formats affect what conclusion one can draw about the prevalence of a specific trait in a sample. More specifically, we compared the original scale format of Need for cognition (1-5) and Behavioral Inhibition/Approach (1-4) with an 11-point scale (0-10), and a psychophysical scale originally developed to measure physical exertion, Borg centiMax Scale®. Forty-eight psychology undergraduate students participated in return for course credit. In a within-subjects design, all participants completed both questionnaires in all three versions. Results revealed that the mean was consistently reaching ceiling effects when using the original scale formats, and the variation was relatively low compared to the other scales. In sum, the results revealed that the scale format plays a significant role in how prevalent a specific trait becomes in a sample.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Society for Psychophysics , 2018. p. 36-42
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Proceedings of Fechner Day ; 34
Keywords [en]
scale formats, prevalence, trait, Borg centiMax Scale®
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163759OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163759DiVA, id: diva2:1276470
Conference
Fechner Day 2018: 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Lüneburg, Germany, August 20-24, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-06-26

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