# Questions tagged [statistics]

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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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### Quantification of tendency for people to believe what is convenient

As a generalization, people have a bias towards believing what is convenient to them and/or doesn't challenge their worldview. I believe (though correct me if I'm wrong) this is linked to status quo ...
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### Statistically, what are the determinants of which particular religion someone will follow?

I can look at data on smokers and recent ex-smokers to identify what variables correlate with success in quitting, or relapse. I can adjust for covariates, or leave the analysis unadjusted. I did a ...
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### What is the difference between facets and factors?

I am wondering whether there is a difference between factors and facets. Concretely, I am doing a research about transformational leadership. My questionnaire has 8 factors which is based on a ...
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### Correcting for individual differences in the usage (employed range) of rating scales

Experiments that collect subjective ratings (e.g. on a Likert 1-7 scale) necessarily have to account for between-subjects differences in how the range of the rating scale is used by different people, ...
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### IQ scores - fixed raw scores vs infinite tails of the underlying normal distribution of standard scores

When taking an IQ test, if a subject responds to all questions correctly, they will achieve the maximum (raw) score, a finite number. Yet, due to the test's normalisation that takes the median raw ...
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### Two time points, control and experimental groups: What design is it? [closed]

I managed to get myself confused on this one. So I am planning to conduct an experiment within an organization. I want to explore effects of recognition on people's motivation. Recognition will be in ...
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### How to generate ipsative scores from a test with normative Likert-type items?

Some constructs in psychology are sometimes conceptualised ipsatively. I.e., where the sum of the scales adds up to a constant (e.g., personal values; coping styles). The aim of such measures is often ...
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### Why so few subjects in psychophysics?

Why is it that most psychophysics experiments only use a handful of subjects (typically around five, but sometimes even four, three or two), whereas the "norm" for experimental psychology (assuming a ...
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### Can I use data taken in a 5-point Likert Scale, and convert it as if it were taken as a 4-point Likert?

I made an error in my qualtrics survey, and used a 5-point Likert scale, when the measure was supposed to use a 4-point scale. I have collected a lot of my data for my dissertation, and am now very ...
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### Which R packages have good collections of psychology datasets?

The open source statistical software R has a range of contributed packages. Some of them include datasets. I teach research methods in psychology and I'm looking for interesting real-world dataset ...
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### How to calculate the confidence interval for $d^\prime$ (d prime)?

I have an experiment with $N$ signal trials and $M$ no signal trials and I have measure the number of hits $nHit$ and the number of false alarms $nFA$. From this I can compute the probability of a hit ...
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### How to compare IAT (Implicit Association Test) results of two different groups?

I already have the recommended algorithm to analyse IAT data. It allows to compare within-subject differences in response latency in the congruent versus non-congruent condition. However, in addition ...
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### Group differences reflecting different use of a rating scale vs actual difference in perception

I was reading a paper that reports average ratings of chords by two different groups of subjects (trained musicians, and non-musicians). The paper makes the argument that "These group differences ...
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### In SPSS, should you change the significance level for One way ANOVA post-hocs? [closed]

When running a one-way ANOVA, selecting "Post-hoc" and ticking "Bonferroni": There is a box at the bottom which says "significance level" and the default is 0.05. My question is: should I leave the ...
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### How do I get calculate D1 and d1 in a multinomial processing tree model?

I've just been reading this paper and I am currently conducting an experiment for my undergraduate thesis. The experiment involves reality monitoring source memory judgments and I therefore want to ...
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### Which is a better statistical option to compare differences across groups?

I have two groups (13 experimental and 13 control participants) performing on two cognitive tasks. I have accuracy (omissions, commissions) and reaction time measurement from each test for each person....
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### Where can I find the norms for Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices?

I've never had my IQ measured before. After some research I decided to take the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrix test. After Googling I found this Wikipedia page. This test was linked on the ...
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### How to random assign subjects to a group without any equipment?

I am working with a clinician and need her to randomly assign patients into one of two groups with the goal of having roughly equal numbers in both groups. The clinician does not have access to a ...
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### How to efficiently use a statistical consultant?

I a fairly solid grasp of Statistics and have taught statistics to both undergraduate and graduate Psychology students. There are, however, sizable gaps in my knowledge and I have attempted to employ ...
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### are statistic results of these two questions equal?

I am trying to make better user experience for my poll application and one of ideas I have for this is breaking multi choices poll to binary polls. Is statistical result of a question with these 4 ...
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### In a forced-choice task, what proportion of responses is above chance level?

If I give a task in which there are only two response-options, and I want to categorise the participant according to their responses, what is the 'cutoff' or required proportion of one type of ...
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### How to measure or estimate the prevalence of psychopathology in a particular school?

I wrote a research paper regarding the mental health of adolescents at a local magnet school, emphasizing the sources and affects of stress and the subsequent vulnerabilities it poses to developing ...
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### Bootstrapping in Psychology

I am interested in bootstrap, especially how it's entering the psychologist's world. Boostrapping is used to 'omit' classical assumptions to get statistics. Bootstrapping starts with creating new ...
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### cleanIAT function in R IAT package

Has anyone used cleanIAT (function in IAT package) to compute D-scores for their IAT data? Have you noticed any discrepancies between your D-scores and those of colleagues that used another program (e....
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### What are some examples of psychology studies with tiny effect sizes and tiny p-values that are good for teaching?

I'm looking for examples of studies where the result is highly significant but the effect is so tiny that it is meaningless in a practical sense. These will be shared with undergraduate psychology ...
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### What is the name for the cognitive bias that ignores that extreme symptoms always tend to get less extreme?

There are some long term diseases where the severity of your symptoms tend towards a 'normal'. So imagine plotting out the severity of the symptoms say, every day or every week, then drawing a line of ...
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### Analysis of parameter estimates from Ratcliff diffusion model

I would like to analyze a dataset in which subjects' reaction time and error rate have been recorded. In order to account for potential speed-accuracy trade-off I am planning to make use of the ...
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### Attributing change in DV to IV manipulation: between-groups (control group) vs mixed-model (pre&post measure)

One often sees researchers attributing a change in the dependent variable to their experimental manipulation, semingly without considering whether this change in DV occurs between or within groups. ...
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### How can Bayesian inference improve upon logistic regression in incorporating psychometric data?

In order to estimate probability of default, banks and other financial institutions have often used logistic regression based on data involving credit history. Suppose an entrepreneur or borrower ...
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### How common is the form of amnesia depicted in fictional works?

There are any number of movies and television shows based on some variation of the same premise: A character suffers some sort of mishap (the most frequent mishap being a bump on the head), which ...
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### Are there any models of the human visual field of view taking into account head, neck and eye movements and calculating likelihood of fixation?

I would like to know if there are studies that (1) model the field of view taking into account all degrees of freedom of the head, neck and eyes and (2) if there is any probabilistic model assigned to ...
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### Correlation between BIS and BAS responses

As a part of my lab experiment, participants had to answer questions for BIS and BAS (BAS reward, drive and fun) scales. The correlation matrix shows that BIS is significantly positively correlated ...
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### How should I report results of a likelihood ratio test?

I'm using likelihood ratio testing to assess whether a behavioral model is a better description of my data than a simpler (so called restricted) model. How should results of such statistical tests be ...
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### Qualitative scoring for responses to design fluency task

Before I can ask my questions, I have to give a little background information. I'm involved in a study using a measure of design fluency. Subjects are shown a page full of squares, like the one ...
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### Fitting a psychometric function when data does not lend itself to a sigmoidal fit

I'm fitting a psychometric function to a range of data. The majority of this data lends itself to a sigmoidal fit (i.e. participants can do the task), but some individuals are absolutely unable to do ...
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### Analysis of RTs when speed-accuracy trade-off leading to ceiling accuracy has occurred

I know that it is not desirable for behavioural data to show a (within-subjects) speed-accuracy trade-off, as it can lead to e.g. the wrong interpretation of a single subject's decreased RTs as ...
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### Talk for lay audience: determining private traits and attributes from online behaviour

This question was referred from Cross-Validated Stack Exchange: I need to give a talk on statistic / machine learning as applied to determining an individual's traits and attributes from online ...
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### Analyzing movement data for a checkerboard [closed]

For a psychology experiment - subject has to learn that the 2D grid is a checkerboard, and collect all the 1s (rewards). How do I test if subjects are actually doing it in the most optimal way -- ...
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### How should results from linear mixed models (LMMs) be reported?

Are there any official APA guidelines for reporting linear mixed model results? Can I take an approach similar to what would be done with an ANOVA (i.e., report the p-value, standard error and .95-CI ...
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### Which statistical tests to use when analyzing NASA TLX?

The NASA Task Load Index (NASA-TLX) is a subjective, multidimensional assessment tool that rates perceived workload. A set of different scales (Mental Demand, Physical Demand, Temporal Demand, ...
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### How to measure precision in classical test theory framework?

What methods or approaches exist or might be developed to measure precision of measurement in a classical test theory framework? Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (American ...
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### What are the most used statistical methods in WM research besides (generalized) linear modeling?

I mean, by cognitive psychologists. I skimmed over a few articles from Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and Trends in Cognitive Science and concluded that ANOVAs and t-tests are mostly used (without ...
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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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### Are psychiatric disorders merely statistical deviations?

When we suppose that a segment X of the population is at high-risk for disorder Y, don't we assume that anyone carries the same psychophenotype, yet not in a statistically-significant degree?
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### How to find the upper and lower quartiles of the Ryff scale?

I received this question via email and thought the answer might be sufficiently general to be worth posting here. I have used the Ryff scale in my research . Actually I am confused about the ...
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### How long does physical attraction typically last in a permanent relationship?

How long, on average (and with as much other statistical data, e.g. standard deviation, as possible) does physical attraction between male and female in a permanent relationship last? I believe this ...
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### Origin of group-level statistics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience

In experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience today, with the exception of a few specific subdisciplines, the consensus seems to be that an experimental study has to be performed on a group of ...