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How is doing a manipulation check different from doing the analysis on the main dependent variable?

How is doing a so-called manipulation check (i.e. checking to see whether the different groups actually differ for different levels of the independent variable) different from doing - as a main ...
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Are there guidelines in the peer reviewing process on assessing methodology?

Usually an article goes through a peer-review process before it is published, and from what I here it is quite common that the reviewers "demand" some changes. Are there guidelines for peer- ...
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Calculating d-prime

I'm currently working on a research that has to use and calculate D Prime values for a task where subjects are presented an image at different speeds and they have to report if they saw the image or ...
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What speech synthesis software is suitable for research?

I'm looking for recommendations for speech synthesis software that can be used to generate audio stimuli. The audio stimuli that I'm trying to generate will be long sequences of isolated syllables. ...
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List of affective states for a study?

I am putting together a study that attempts to assess whether people assign particular affective or emotional states to images--specifically, animated GIFs. Is there a "standard" list of emotional ...
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How can I design a staircase function that converges on a given hit-rate?

I'm in the process of creating a simple contrast staircase function where subjects are initially presented with high-contrast Gabor patches and are subsequently queried as to their orientation in a ...
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How are research participants normally divided into equal groups to allow scientific comparison?

I'm neither a academic nor familiar with the proper English choice of words regarding research. However, I would really like to know a few things about the process of doing a research with people ...
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Extending a 5 point ordinal scale to 9 points while maintaining comparability

We have a lot of data regarding a 5 point ordinal scale with descriptors for each point like 'very little' to 'very much'. I am worried that this scale will show insufficient variance in a further ...
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Research software for conducting a task between card sorting and sketch map drawing

I'm doing research in Spatial Cognition and am looking for software which will allow me to conduct the following task: Participants will walk around a space and sit down to a computer task ...
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Where can I find stimuli for steady-state visually-evoked potentials?

I am a student working on a project which deals with Steady State Visually-Evoked Potentials (SSVEP) Stimuator. Does anybody know where can I find stimuli (checkerboard or single graphic) as a video ...
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How can I create a set of comparable symbols of different shapes?

I was thinking about doing a small experiment during university course where participants have to answer a personality quiz and then they have to compare different symbols (like triangles, rectangles ...
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How to conduct surveys using facebook?

More and more often I read in papers, that an online survey has been conducted through Facebook. What I have yet to understand is how this can best be done. I understand that Facebook allows the ...
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Tests of Semantic Memory suitable for 10 to 18 year old

I'm trying to find a test of semantic memory for students. We're working on a programme to explore the impacts of exposure to nature on a student's academic abilities (hoping to pique teachers ...
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How to engage in the conceptualization process to measure a psychological construct such as femininity?

I am in class for Research Methods and I am having troubles with a conceptualizations process. The question is to describe the conceptualization process you would employ to measure femininity. How ...
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Dichotic listening tasks and crosstalk

In a dichotic listening task where participants listen to different (frequency-wise) musical tones through headphones, is cross talk to the contralateral cochlea of each ear through bone conduction a ...
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Participant / Subject Pool Management Solutions

I am searching for a subject pool management system for human subject research. Almost all institutions appear to use Sona-systems. Do any alternatives exist?
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How to compute Chi-square value and degrees of freedom in Excel?

I am trying to understand the statistical test of the chi-square in Excel. I already made the test but I still don't know how to compute the χ² value and what it means, how to compute the degrees of ...
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Ground a student survey in academic literature

I'm planning to do a survey with students (age around 16) with questions/answer-possibilities that have been 'proven' to be significant indicators of student success/good grades. So, I'm not really ...
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Does the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) contain weapon stimuli?

I'm looking to use the IAPS for my research, but I specifically need to use images of/or containing weapons. Does anyone know if IAPS has any such stimuli, and, if so, roughly how many?
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A subtle test for color-blindness

Is there a test method of proving a person being color-blind, without letting the test subject know, that he/she is being tested? E.g. showing the person cards with colored dots like depicted here is ...
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Do unequal step sizes in staircase procedure affect the convergence?

Consider a psychophysics procedure using a standard staircase method to adaptively find the threshold, using a 2AFC paradigm and a 1-up, 3-down method to determine the 75% threshold. Now suppose the ...
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Which ready-made programs can I use for running a preference-rating experiment?

I'd like to run an experiment in which 64 images are presented (1 at a time) and participants rate their preference for the image on a slider scale, and I'm wondering what the best and cheapest way to ...
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Is there a Dot-Probe Paradigm / visual-probe task available online?

Is there an online resource to take the Dot-probe paradigm test> When I searched I could only find a guide to set up a server for such a test. However, I don't have the ability to do that. I'm ...
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How effective are online providers of paid participants for psychological experiments?

I'm looking for places to recruit participants for online experiments, and in particular, for experiments using Inquisit Web. My lab used to recruit participants through M-Turk but that's no longer an ...
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Detecting signs of dementia in EEG signal

I would like to know, how dementia can be recognized in the EEG signal of patients with dementia. What I have found so far: According to (Henderson et al., 2006) subjects with dementia are ...
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Can microdialysis be made in Drosophila melanogaster?

Microdialysis is a common method to study the effects of drugs on specific mamal brains zones (mostly in rats), in order to study the it's interaction with the function of those specific areas that ...
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What Quantified Self reserach tools are there for measuring performance while playing videogames?

I've recently became aware that there's a whole field of quantified self - using various methodology to collect data about human performance in an attempt to "quantify" how the human body/brain works. ...
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How to know whether a methodological technique is quantitative or qualitative?

How do you classify NASA TLX, ANOVA, Matched Pair T-Test, Self-Efficacy Scale, and System Usability Scale? Are these types of data analysis considered quantitative or qualitative? Please answer ...
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How many trials are needed to estimate a response time distribution?

I want to estimate the properties of a response time distribution (mean, variance, tail-length) for individual subjects. How many samples (trials) do I need to collect to get reliable estimates? ...
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How to test for malingering in criminals trying to deny capacity for criminal responsibility?

Psychiatrists and psychologists are often tasked with assessing a criminal defendant's competency to stand trial or his capacity for criminal responsibility. What objective tests are useful for ...
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How to design research participant recruitment flyer to maximise participant response?

I often supervise student research projects. Often these projects involve recruiting participants by placing one page flyers in strategic locations. The most common scenario is that the flyer is ...
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Discovery of “Functions of Brain”

As far as I know, Physical Experimentation of Human Brain is not possible. So how does people come up with the idea that different parts of brain is associated with different specific functions? and ...
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How does one identify relevant variables when performing research on perception?

Suppose, hypothetically, that I wanted to do a blind taste test into preference for Coke or Pepsi. I organize hundreds of volunteers and find that a certain group prefers one and another group the ...
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Getting analysis of changes in MY brain upon cannabis consumption [closed]

I want to know if/how my brain differs from other brains. I'm also interested in knowing exactly how my brain changes when I smoke marijuana, as it is claimed that it affects individuals differently. ...
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Lexical Decision (Web-)App

I want to make a lexical decision experiment, is there any freely available software for this? A Javascript-based webapp would suit me best, as it would run in the browser without the need to install ...
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What are the pros and cons of the hot sauce paradigm to measure aggression?

The hot sauce paradigm is a way to measure aggressive behavior in the lab. Participants are asked to give a portion of hot sauce to another person (who they know hates hot sauce) and who will have to ...
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How to study the effect of sustained exercise and sport on well-being?

I´d like to make a little case study about the impact of including regular weight training in life. I know one man who is going to start to excercise regularly and I have an opportunity to talk with ...
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Name needed for psychological practice which uses objects that represent humans [dolls/pictures/etc.] during patient treatment

What is the name of practice/method (if such exists) where psychologist uses a doll (or any other form of human-being representation) for patient to talk to? I believe I have seen it in a movie or ...
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Self-study guide for translating a psychological scale

I am conducting research on Arab homosexual men. I want to translate to Arabic and validate psychological scales like scales for gender dysphoria, internalized homophobia scales ..etc first, How to ...
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What can clinical psychologists do that psychiatrists can't do?

From Yahoo Answers: For example, I know that psychiatrists can prescribe medicine and psychologists CAN'T, but are there any things that clinical psychologists are specialised in that ...
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EEG electrode cluster selection

Is there a good review paper on electrode selection in EEG analysis to avoid the problem of double dipping (Kilner, 2013)? This is a well documented issue in neuroimaging (Kriegeskorte et al, 2009; ...
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How to intelligently resolve WinTabMex error in Psychtoolbox on Windows 7?

While piloting a task in psychtoolbox and exiting via (ctrl-c --> sca), I receive this error: Error using WinTabMex Tried to initialize WinTab, but it is already initialized! Call code 1 ...
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What tradeoffs are there between internal and external validity?

I was reading through an article about research design. The authors gave an example on the relation between internal and external validity which I thought might be an important area of consideration ...
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Do ADHD exams necessarily test ADHD or merely ADHD-PI?

I read on reddit and Wiki that the types of ADHD are ADHD-PI (predominantly inattentive), ADHD-C (combined) and ADHD-PH (predominantly hyperactive or impulsive). In a psychological test intended to ...
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Is perceived time compressed or expanded while dreaming? (or does it match reality) [duplicate]

I often dream long extended dreams. Sometimes I wonder if the timeline of the story of my dream occurs compressed, in a moment, or other times extended slowly over a long duration. Is there any way ...
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Where to recruit paid participants for online Inquisit experiments?

My team and I are trying to use Inquisit for a reaction-time based experiment looking at attentional bias. However, with the no download policy on Mturk and CrowdFlower, we don't know a good site to ...
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How does a researcher typically go about conducting a survey-based psychological experiment? [closed]

What is a typical approach to conducting a survey-based psychological experiment? There seems to be a host of issues involved; some that seem particularly important are: the appropriate design of ...
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Best way to capture effect of making people upset?

I am an undergrad, I am planning to do some research to see how much I enjoy it before I apply for grad programs. I am researching the effects of a certain characteristic of a presenter making people ...
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How does one respond to an ADD/ADHD diagnosis of one's self or one's child? [closed]

I read: Is ADHD even a thing? This kind of question can be offensive to some. The same kind of thing can be applied to other conditions: Is depression even a thing? Or are they just ...
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What is the best way to structure an ethnographic study?

I'm writing an ethnographic study for a human computer interaction module and I understand all the processes of conducting ethnography. I am unsure of how to structure my study. Is it conventional ...