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I fully agree to AliceD's thoughts. If you have a large sample, these problems might add a little noise, but won't make much of a difference (certainly not the cases 2, 3, and 5, because the psychological resolution of the scale is unlikely to be as precise as the millimeter measure suggests anyway). In addition: If you want to be sure not to introduce any ...


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I am not an expert on these scales, but my 2-cents worth would be the following, which are simple work-arounds to include all the data: Fine as is; Take the middle of the thick line (the 'average'); Take the center of the circle (draw a cross in it, the intersection is the middle); Apparently "0" - no pain; Take the tip as the marker; Apparently "100". As ...


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Research: Rationalization is a defence mechanism - a Freudian construct that is still in common use in clinical psychology, but no longer used much in research, so current studies about such mechanisms are hard to come by. To some degree, rationalization has been superseded by cognitive dissonance, and related self-perception theory. This is a more ...


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There actually is the same kind of controversy over depression. The French documentary Dépression, une épidémie mondiale nicely summarizes how a well-meant change in diagnostic criteria (from DSM-IV to DSM-5) backfired and the pharmacoceutical industry now use this to diagnose every sadness or exhaustion as depression with the intention to sell drugs and ...


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Why would I be asked to count backwards by 3, from 100 in a psychological test? This is to test your cognitive reasoning abilities, particularly your ability to concentrate and recall serial information. Similar tests are administered to injured sports players to ensure that they do not have a concussion. 1 What's a baker's dozen? What do you think ...



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