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The basic premise of applied psychology is the use of psychological principles and theories to overcome problems in other areas, such as mental health, business management, education, health, product design, ergonomics, and law.
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I am conducting a hierarchical regression with 4 IVs: anxious attachment score, avoidant attachment score, trauma score and gender.
I wanted to test interactions which gave me 6 1x1 interactions, 4 1x1x1 interactions and 1 1x1x1x1 interaction, giving me 4 steps/models.
When I ran this through SPSS the 1x1x1x1 interaction along with several others was included in 'excluded variables'. When I ran the regression with step 3 and 4 combined (so only 3 steps overall) the 1x1x1x1 interaction was not excluded, but I feel like I shouldn't run it this way (although I'm not sure why, it just doesn't feel quite right).
If I use the initial regression with 4 steps, how do I report the excluded variables? Or would I just not include those in the analysis? I don't want to completely exclude my 1x1x1x1 interaction as that is the one I thought I would be most interested in.
My dissertation is due in around 10 days so my brain has melted a bit and I'm not sure if I'm just being silly here. But I have reached the point where these numbers just look like nonsense to me and I am concerned that I will miss a trick and report completely incorrect data and lose a lot of marks for my results section. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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If I understand you are interested in interactions wouldn't a factorial design clean this up a lot. Just throwing stuff in is not a good experimental design. Best wishes David Booth
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I'm looking for an instrument to measure perceptions of barriers to progression among female employees in a tech organisation as part of my dissertation.
I've found a scale of barriers and facilitators that is well cited on Google Scholar (875 citations):
  • Lyness, K.S. and Thompson, D.E., 2000. Climbing the corporate ladder: do female and male executives follow the same route?. Journal of applied psychology, 85(1), p.86.
Is this the best one to use or are there others?
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In general, although if there is one for research institutions I'd be interested in seeing it. Thanks
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I am a student of psychology. I am working on a research. I need a scale for measuring sense of competence in college students. Could anyone suggest/ give me a good scale for this?
I'll be grateful.
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The Parenting Sense of Competence (PSOC) scale is a commonly used measure of parental self-efficacy. The PSOC is a 17-item questionnaire which measures overall parenting sense of competence and includes two sub-scales measuring parental satisfaction and parental self-efficacy.
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I've done M.Sc in Applied Psychology and I've been applying for PhD Clinical Psychology for more than 1.5 years in a lot of universities in India but my research proposals get rejected because I want to do an intervention based research. In one university the panel told me I cannot do intervention based research as I've not done MPhil in Clinical Psychology. So I'm looking for specific tips to craft a research proposal that will be more likely to be accepted.
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Dear researcher
Do you know that the best research you can write in a doctorate in the field of clinical psychology is when you choose pathological categories from the categories of (special education), this category that many of us researchers in the field of clinical psychology are lost about, and we do not know in fact, many among the mysteries and physical, psychological and health problems that it suffers from, because all our goal is to establish research on sick people who frequent hospitals, but these categories can be said that they are categories (broken emotions).
During my master’s studies, I revealed a strange behavior to the visually impaired, and until this time I decided to form a complete theory after discovering the main cause of it, in order to treat it psychologically and biologically.
Consider what I sent you from the message, an important scientific advice, and when you go into your choice of any of the special education categories, you will know my purpose completely, and in the end you will cooperate with me to help the people who come from these categories.
Greetings,
nuha hamid taher
Senior lecturer
Clinical Psychology
College of Basic Education / Al-Mustansiriya University
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Hello, I have a questionnaire that consist of four sections with each section focusing on different variables.
First, each section has 9-10 items with each item following a different scale. For instance, the first section has 10 items with no Likert scale and the participants have to choose from either two or three or more specific options. The second section has 9 items with the first five items have six point Likert scale while in the remaining items the respondents have to choose from four specific options. The third section has 10 items with each following six point Likert scale. The fourth section has 9 items with no Likert scale and the participants have to choose from three, or four or more specific options.
Second, in some of the items the respondents were also allowed to select multiple answers for the same item.
Now my question is, how to calculate the "Cronbach's Alpha" for this questionnaire? If we cannot calculate the "Cronbach's Alpha", what are the alternative to find the reliability and internal consistency of the questionnaire.
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Amjad Pervez Strictly speaking, Cronbach's alpha only makes sense when your variables are measured on an interval scale (i.e., when you have continuous/metrical/scale-level variables) and when the variables are in line with the classical test theory (CTT) model of (essential) tau equivalence (or stricter models). Essential tau-equivalence implies that the variables/items measure a single factor/common true score variable (i.e., that they are unidimensional) with equal loadings. For variables that are only congeneric (measure a single factor/dimension but have different factor loadings), Cronbach's alpha underestimates reliability. For multidimensional scales, Cronbach's alpha tends to be completely meaningless. For categorical (binary and ordinal) variables, psychometric models and scaling procedures of item response theory are usually more appropriate that procedures derived from CTT which assumes continuous (scale-level) variables.
Maybe you could describe the content of your variables (and the answer options) in a bit more detail. That would make it easier for folks on Researchgate to see which procedure may be appropriate for you.
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Hi All,
I have a question for regarding the interpretation of my stats results.
The moderation effect is significant as per graph attached.
The IV is work values, M is organizational resource, and the DV is positive work outcome.
The beta coefficients for IV and M was positive, however, the interaction was negative. From the coefficient values and the graph, I understand that the slope was reducing such that the higher the organizational resource (M), the relationship between the IV and DV will reduce.
I have also performed the mean split test (with +1SD & -1SD) and the results were significant for both levels at (B = 0.3404, p < 0.01) in the low resource groups and (B = 0.1476, p < 0.05) in the high resource groups. This reaffirms the substitution effect as shown in the graph.
Now, the question is, is it possible to interpret this result so that the effect of moderator is more powerful for low work values group? Because the logic just doesn't really makes sense to me when the interaction goes in this direction. I have concerns on the interpretation on this results because by logic and theory, work values-outcomes relationship should be enhanced with resources support. I have tried to find relevant literatures to support this stance but it was really challenging.
Thank you in advance. Any comments/suggestions/opinions/material recommendation are much appreciated.
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Hi,
Have a look at the 95% C.Is in the Low, Mid, and High groups.If the C.I does not include zero then it is ok otherwise reject that particular group.
If this condition is satisfied, then the width of the C.Is.
given that both the above conditions are satisfied, accept the result and interpret.
Before that have a look at the results of previous studies and check your own data. One should have a strong reason to go against the normal stream.
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Loneliness comes with a staggering 26% increase in risk of premature mortality, where around a third of people in industrialized countries are affected [1]. Can and should artificial intelligence be used to counteract this negative trend? If so, where do you see its potential? Detection, Prevention, Therapy… ?
[1] Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The growing problem of loneliness. Lancet. 2018 3;391(10119):426
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Two outcome measures: Numeric Pain Rating Scale and Pain self-efficacy scale both on public domain however I need a written confirmation of this.
Thanks for your help.
Teina
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Visual analogue scale
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I'd like to create a browser plugin for online shops which introduces a layer of added friction for (unnecessary) purchases before checkout. What would be the most effective way to make a consumer think twice? Any thoughts on how to approach this?
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I would suggest some type of delay mechanism that the user can adjust, say from 5 minutes to 24 hours. A simple time delay can provide a new perspective on the desired object. It may simply not appear as attractive after a short wait.
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i need to reference my work for my honours degree in applied psychology and i cannot find the citations for each article i download. x
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Check google scholar, you will find citation under each article description. different referencing styles could be found
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If the achievement is affected by the I.Q then why do some Developmental Disorders (DD) show low achievement in spite of high I.Q?
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Achievement in each activity is determined by at least four groups of factors: 1. abilities; 2. personality traits; 3. motivational factors and 4. physical, physiological, pedagogical-cultural, and social factors. To date, a sufficient number of unambiguous facts have been collected in educational psychology, on the basis of which it can be claimed that achievement in school learning is the result of the combined effect of abilities, personality traits (character traits and temperament traits) and motivation. These determinants explain about 75% of the total success variance (each participating with about 25%). The remaining 25% of the variance is attributed to a large number of other factors: most often physiological factors (such as gender and age), social factors (socioeconomic status, pedagogical and cultural level of the family), then educational factors (forms/types of learning and teaching) and many others factors. This claim is not incorrect, but it is insufficiently elaborated. Namely, at different levels of education and in schools of different profiles, the share of certain factors is somewhat modified. As far as I. Q. is concerned, the participation is around r=+0.50 or slightly lower, for example in higher education, because students as a group are already selected by intelligence. In developmental disorders, achievement largely depends on personality characteristics
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Does anybody have the items and instructions of this burnout scale or does anybody know how I can get them?
MBI-GS-D (Maslach Burnout Inventory - General Survey - German version)
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It is right that you have to purchase the questionnaire at mindgarden.com because of the copyright as Adelheid Nicol already mentioned. Unfortunately Michael Leiter could not provide it for my research.
Concerning MBI-ES (Educators Survey) which is specific for teachers, there is an adapted free German version which is part of the "Skalen zur Erfassung von Lehrer- und Schülermerkmalen" by Jerusalem & Schwarzer (1999). You can download it here: http://www.psyc.de/skalendoku.pdf
You will find the items on pp. 64-70.
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I am planning to investigate the theory that the psoas is the "fight or flight" muscle that tends to become chronically constricted when people have post traumatic stress disorder.
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This is my area of research as well, we should definitely connect. I'm using biomechanical tests as they are the only thing we have any validity studies on right now and are used clinically, though there is a difference between range of motion and tension. Have you published your research yet?
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Hello!
I'm a design consultant with a background in Product Design from NID-Ahmedabad, based in Bangalore. I'm doing work and am keen to grow in these three directions. Is anyone in India channeling any efforts in these fields? It's difficult to find creatives working in these fields so I'm looking to connect, collaborate, and develop a community of folks with similar interests.
Behavior Science led Design
This could be applied Behavior Economics, or Design for Behavior Change, or applying BehavSci for Social Design - anything that entails designing and for and keeping in primary consideration human behavior.
Design for Digital Humanities
This could be working towards a healthier internet, Data Awareness, Humaneness of Tech, Ethics of AIML, Psycho-sociological impact of Tech, People+AI Research
Design for Climate Action
This entails designers and creatives expressly working for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Thanks!
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Snehal Nagarsheth thank you, will read up about it!
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Dear Colleague;
Are there any form of training datasets available for me to train a ML module which is capable to conducting CBT analysis for human thoughts ?(on a narrow domain like maybe educational stress)
Thanking you all in advance.
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Hi, have you found the dataset? I would like to try it in my project!
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Hi.
I have short question.
I am conducting analysis to test whether PSM moderate between TL and JC.
But, my study variables are combined with control variables.
In this situation, when testing the ineraction effect, control variables can be added in level2 slope term?
Or control variable can be added only in level 2 intercept term?
Therefore, what is the appropriate way upper or lower? (upper image or lower image)
What is the appropriate way in conventional multilevel modeling?
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if the control variables at Level-2, upper one (at the intercept ones) is correct. If the control variables at Level-1, you need to include them at the Level-1 step. Hope this is helpful.
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I am specifically seeking a scale/measurement of followers' perceptions of leader emotional intelligence and NOT self-assessment. 
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I agree with Stephen Joy, in terms of approach... additionally, have you had a chance to look at the discussion initiated by Merylle Mathew https://www.researchgate.net/post/What_are_the_different_scales_to_measure_emotional_intelligence.
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Currently completing a project as part of studies in Mental health of older patients at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney Australia
I am currently designing a research proposal and require to quickly secure my document for approval
Urgently looking for a minimum of 6 to 8 qualified therapists who have dealt with older patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder for a qualitative interview and questionaiire
I need to move quickly so if you have had experience in as a therapist I would very interested in talking to you you I have a deadline to secure participants so if you are able to assist please reply as soon as possible
Your assistance in this research will benefit future therapy in the area of treating older patients who have this disorder.
And referrals welcome
My details
Ph 61 434028920
Kind Regards
Gary Darbyshire
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My Proposal date of submission 17th March so I need to confirm opportunity to access and discuss in interview mode before that date.
This will form my major research project for a required component.
Again Thank you.
Gary Darbyshire MMgmt MStratMktng Grad Dip Cou.
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We would like to investigate people's information search strategy in a choice experiment (using mouselab) under time pressure (to simulate real life choices). Are there guidelines on how much time should be given based on the amount of information, participants have to process?
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Hi Angela,
Have you managed to use the Mouselab with a choice experiment? I'm interested in using it and sharing some thoughts
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Can numbers (the Look then Leap Rule OR the Gittins Index) be used to help a person decide when to stop looking for the most suitable career path and LEAP into it instead or is the career situation too complicated for that?
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Mathematical answers to the question of optimal stopping in general (When you should stop looking and leap)?
Gittins Index , Feynman's restaurant problem (not discussed in details)
Look then Leap Rule (secretary problem, fiancé problem): (√n , n/e , 37%)
How do apply this rule to career choice?
1- Potential ways of application:
A- n is Time .
Like what Michael Trick did https://goo.gl/9hSJT1 . Michael Trick A CMU Operations Research professor who applied this to his decide the best time for his marriage proposal., though he seems to think that this is a failed approach.
In our case, should we do it by age 20-70= 50 years --- 38 years old is where you stop looking for example? Or Should we multiply 37% by 80,000 hours to get a total of 29600 hours of career "looking"?
B- n is the number of available options. Like the secretary problem.
If we have 100 viable job options, we just look into the first 37? If we have 10, we just look into the first 4? If we are still in a stage of our lives where we have thousands of career paths?
2- Why the situation is more complicated in the career choice situation:
A- You can want a career and pursue it and then fail at it.
B- You can mix career paths. If you take option c, it can help you later on with option G. for example, if I went as an IRS, the irs will help me later on if I decide to become a writer so there's overlap between the options and a more dynamic relationship. Also the option you choose in selection #1 will influence the likelihood of choosing other options in Selection 2 (For example, if in 2018 I choose to work at an NGO, that will influence my options if I want to do a career transition in 2023 since that will limit my possibility of entering the corporate world in 2023).
C- You need to be making money so "looking" that does not generate money is seriously costly.
D- The choice is neither strictly sequential nor strictly simultaneous.
E- Looking and leaping alternates over a lifetime not like the example where you keep looking then leap once.
Is there a practical way to measure how the probability of switching back and forth between our career options affects the optimal exploration percentage?
F- There is something between looking and leaping, which is testing the waters. Let me explain. "Looking" here doesn't just mean "thinking" or "self-reflection" without action. It could also mean trying out a field to see if you're suited for it. So we can divide looking into "experimentation looking" and "thinking looking". And what separates looking from leaping is commitment and being settled. There's a trial period.
How does this affect our job/career options example since we can theoretically "look" at all 100 viable job positions without having to formally reject the position? Or does this rule apply to scenarios where looking entails commitment?
G- * You can return to a career that you rejected in the past. Once you leap, you can look again.
"But if you have the option to go back, say by apologizing to the first applicant and begging them to come work with you, and you have a 50% chance of your apology being accepted, then the optimal explore percentage rises all the way to 61%." https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/brian-christian-algorithms-to-live-by/
*3- A Real-life Example:
Here are some of my major potential career paths:
1- Behavioural Change Communications Company 2- Soft-Skills Training Company, 3- Consulting Company, 4-Blogger 5- Internet Research Specialist 6- Academic 7- Writer (Malcolm Gladwell Style; Popularization of psychology) 8- NGOs
As you can see the options here overlap to a great degree. So with these options, should I just say "ok the root of 8 is about 3" so pick 3 of those and try them for a year each and then stick with whatever comes next and is better?!!
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Hey Kenneth Carling , I got this number from page 29 in their book (Always Be Stopping, Chapter 1). They quote research results from Seale & Rapoport (1997) who found that on average their subjects leapt at 31% when given the secretary problem - they say that most people leapt too soon. They also say that there are more studies ("about a dozen") with the same result, which makes it more credible in my view.
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One of the central challenges in understanding pro-environmental behavior is measurement. Currently, most researchers (including myself) lean on self-report of behavior.
What kinds of pro-environmental behaviors might be realistically measured by researchers? For example, recycling bins have been measured at the curb for weight (time-consuming), electrical meters have been read by students (time-consuming), household water usage has been measured by partnering with a water district.... there are also laboratory tasks such as recycling, donation, and turning out the lights.
There's room here for more creativity. What other behaviors might affect conservation or public discussions of environmentalism and could be observed?
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Hi Guys, I hope that this discussion about investigating real behavior instead of self-report will be interesting for you:
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It is interesting to understand if there is a definite stage when we can measure consciousness in a human embryo . Is it at moment of conception? or after birth? and how do we measure it? This is an exploitative scientific/ engineering oriented question. All are welcome to answer ,
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That certainly depends how you define consciousness. It has been convingly shown that human embryos can perceive pain (which certainly needs some kind of consciousness) at week 20 of prenatal life.
Kind regards, Fres
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I have always ask myself if We can speak about illness or use the term illness applied to the psychological problems, and it's because I think we are speaking about different things , medical illness and mental illness can't be considered under the same principles. While in one the body gets ill because there's a problem in the functioning of the body, and its medical identifiable, in the other, there's nothing, Just conduct....The medical referent of the illness is the physiology, the body, the biological, while in the mental illness is the personality, the culture, the predominant values of the time, the power relationships , the language. I am convinced that mental illness doesn't exist , but humans problems do, and for humans problems humans solutions.
In this order, I´m thinking to write a theoretical and reflection article, I would be very grateful if you, first share with me your ideas about this, and then recommend some bibliography.
Thanks.
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Hi Hancel,
I seem to have a difference in opinion with a few things that were stated. Firstly, you differentiated medical and mental illness purely on the presence or absence of physiological distress, which I believe is inaccurate. Mental illnesses do have physical manifestations ( Called Psychosomatic ), in addition to behavioural and and psychological effects. Secondly, while you have painted a pretty accurate picture about the causes or contributing factors of mental illnesses, you have left out genetics, which is a huge area of research with respect to mental illnesses.
Lastly, mental illnesses do most certainly exist. They are far more diverse, are multifaceted, vary with respect to the levels of impairment, distress, among other things. Mental health communities world wide have been trying to psycho-educate the general population to seek help and to sensitize them about the stereotypes and stigmas attached to mental illnesses. I do advice caution while writing this reflective essay as it can influence the opinion of people who read it.
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I'm doing a qualitative study of a host country (Malaysia) teacher's experience in an international (broadly-US) school for my MSc in Applied Psychology (Social Psychology). These teachers are generally in the minority (and certainly are in my context) and I am interested in how the experience shapes / alters their sense of identity. They are in their home country but work in a context that is far-removed from their lives outside of school in terms of social interactions, values, religious beliefs and other cultural norms.
I initially thought I would use Thematic Analysis as Braun and Clarke (2006) recommend it for beginning researchers (like myself), but now I am wondering if IPA is a better choice, as I am focusing on the details of one lived experience rather than a wide data set. Furthermore, I do subscribe to the critical realist and contextualist views. My N=1 (by dictate of my course).
Recommendations and thoughts most appreciated.
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I'm not sure where Uchendu E. Chigbu wants you to "dig deeper" because Braun and Clarke (2006) is by far the most widely known source on Thematic Analysis, with over 45,000 citations in Google Scholar.
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Is anyone knowledgeable and experienced in using the Delphi Method willing to collaborate on applying it to setting guidelines regarding musicians health literacy? I'd be most grateful to hear from you! Please see below (we will start with a series of workshops for now):
What should musicians’ health education sound like? The floor is yours!
Workshops funded by Realab and the IMR
Wednesday, 19 September OR Monday, 24 September 2018 | 11.30 AM; Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, UK
Tuesday, 25 September OR Saturday, 29 September 2018 | 11.30 AM
Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, London, UK
The physical and psychological demands of the training and practice that musicians must achieve to perform to a high standard can produce deleterious effects on their health and wellbeing. However, music conservatoires still endorse practices that are informed by tradition more than evidence, while health literacy and critical thinking are still not embedded in music students’ core training. Finally, there are no guidelines or regulations regarding what conservatoires should provide in terms of health education.
We want to address that AND we need your help!
We invite psychologists (both researchers and practitioners, from any specialism and not restricted to those who work with musicians) to join us in this discussion! We have prepared comprehensive lists of topics and we shall discuss their relevance and priority in small groups. Additionally, we will brainstorm ideas about what other topics might be needed as part of the conservatoires’ curricula.
Places are free, but limited. While we prioritise psychologists (due to the nature of our task and topic focus), we also welcome:
- Health professionals working with musicians
- Health educators
- Philosophers (yes, yes! We’d also like to discuss cognitive biases and logical fallacies!)
- Cognitive scientists
- Specialists in music education
- PhD students in any of the topics above
Please note the same workshop will be held four times. Please choose only one and register your interest here: https://mmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/musicians-health-education-workshop-sept-2018
For any queries, please contact the organisers: Raluca Matei, AHRC-funded PhD student in music psychology: raluca.matei@student.rncm.ac.uk | +44 757 061 2760 OR
Keith Phillips, PhD student in music psychology: keith.phillips@student.rncm.ac.uk
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Why did you not include health educators? They have training in health behavior as well as in research methods including the Delphi method.
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What should musicians’ health education sound like? The floor is yours!
Workshops funded by Realab and the IMR
Wednesday, 19 September OR Monday, 24 September 2018 | 11.30 AM, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, UK
Tuesday, 25 September OR Saturday, 29 September 2018 | 11.30 AM
Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, London, UK
The physical and psychological demands of the training and practice that musicians must achieve to perform to a high standard can produce deleterious effects on their health and wellbeing. However, music conservatoires still endorse practices that are informed by tradition more than evidence, while health literacy and critical thinking are still not embedded in music students’ core training. Finally, there are no guidelines or regulations regarding what conservatoires should provide in terms of health education.
We want to address that AND we need your help!
We invite psychologists (both researchers and practitioners, from any specialism and not restricted to those who work with musicians) to join us in this discussion! We have prepared comprehensive lists of topics and we shall discuss their relevance and priority in small groups. Additionally, we will brainstorm ideas about what other topics might be needed as part of the conservatoires’ curricula.
Places are free, but limited. While we prioritise psychologists (due to the nature of our task and topic focus), we also welcome:
- Health professionals working with musicians
- Philosophers (yes, yes! We’d also like to discuss cognitive biases and logical fallacies!)
- Cognitive scientists
- Specialists in music education
- PhD students in any of the topics above
Please note the same workshop will be held four times. Please choose only one and register your interest here: https://mmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/musicians-health-education-workshop-sept-2018
For any queries, please contact the organisers: Raluca Matei, AHRC-funded PhD student in music psychology: raluca.matei@student.rncm.ac.uk | +44 757 061 2760 OR
Keith Phillips, PhD student in music psychology: keith.phillips@student.rncm.ac.uk
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Generally speaking musicians are no different to other professionals working in creative or stressful (performance) settings and so their health education requirements will be little different and should cover issues such as
- mind/body interaction
- stress and its management
- healthy lifestyle
- mental health
- help seeking
- etc etc
However, there may be one or two very specific issues
- e.g. specific stresses of performance e.g. critical solos. Mindfulness or cognitive approaches, exercise, yoga etc could all be helpful
- working in orchestras etc with strong personalities, dealing with demanding colleagues - materials on dealing the difficult people work well
- hearing damage from exposure to peak noise from instruments such as brass
I would suggest the best approach is a quick literature review, consultation with colleagues (you have many experts in regional universities), and then a brainstorm of the musician specific issues. In combination this should give you a good platform. Finally I should add that mention should be made of the health benefits of music participation as this is also an important aspect.
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The goal of TheRiskPsychology project is to identify emotions, fears and social trust related with the financial trading activity using algorithmic trading and automated trading systems. A methodology to measure and the risk aversion based on the applied psychology principles is under test and development. The final goal is to identify the optimal psychological conditions and a model to adapt the trading software to fit the users profile related with the trading risk involved in the financial activity.
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you can use a utility function for measuring risk aversion check this article it will help you
Thomas, P. J. (2016). Measuring risk-aversion: The challenge. Measurement, 79, 285-301.
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Dear Researchers,
I'm designing an interdisciplinary study (with Public heath, Statistics, Psychology etc) on diseases, stigma, discrimination, mental health and quality of life.
So I'm a bit confused that what should be the ultimate construct for human life, I mean what must be there for a human being?
Quality of life is sometimes observed secondary, primarily they should have a moving life.
The whole United Nations (Sustainable Development) Goals talking about Society and people's wellbeing.
But whats the 1 most important factor for humans?
Please provide your thoughts?
Best Regards,
Abhay
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First, I would keep a distance from sustainability concepts, concerning human life quality (because this burns down to economic reform in a capitalist system=systems maintenance). Second, the human bias is built into every questionnaire, concerning life quality; it is always built on the subjective perspective of the interviewer. Third, I do think, all research that is based around happiness is a good starting point for your work; most foundations do apply a happiness index, and this indexes could be methodically compared.
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Can somebody direct me towards some good readings on the subject?
Thank you
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Welcome back! How did you go about measurning meta emotion?
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I am researching the feelings that drivers have experienced in the face of events they encounter while driving. I use heart rate for this work. Is it possible to detect irritability, stress, excitement, sleepiness by heart rate, or should I also take another signal? Do these heart rates have upper and lower limits for these feelings? Could you help me with the subject?
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its not possibile with heart rate. but IBI data can do your work
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Hi there,
I'm currently doing my thesis for my Bachelor's Degree in Applied Psychology and was wondering if anyone knows how to score Gibbons and Buunk (1999) Iowa-Netherlands Comparison Orientation Scale (INCOM).
Many thanks in advance,
Katie O'Sullivan
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Hi Katie,
You first need to reverse-score items 6 and 10. Although Gibbons and Buunk reported that their data reduced to two factors (Ability and Opinions), the two factors were also highly correlated. A one-factor model also fit the data well and the authors recommended computing the mean of all 11 items (i.e., a total score comprising all items) for practical use.
All the best,
Viren
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I’m looking for examples of long self-report measures.  Most of the examples I’m familiar with are personality scales (e.g., the MMPI, CPI, and NEO).  Can you suggest any prominent self-report scales that assess non-personality constructs?  I’m mostly interested in widely used scales that comprise at least 200 self-report items.   
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Self rated approach
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What are the characteristics of a representative man?
What are the criteria for a desirable and satisfied life?
Hard to reach, Worth it to try getting closer!!
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Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude
Optimism is key
stress reduction, a positive self-bias, and increased pain tolerance, all of which could enhance motivation and performance during competitive tasks.
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Can the facets of justice i.e. distributive, interactional, procedural by Kim and Leung (2007) etc. be collapsed to form a single scale?
I realise the authors have a separate dimension for overall fairness, but is there an argument to collapse distributive, interactional and procedural into a single scale? Or should they always be measured in their particular facets.
I've seen the recent scale development by Ambrose & Schminke, (2009) which shows that these facets relate to overall fairness.
Ambrose, M. L., & Schminke, M. (2009). The role of overall justice judgments in organizational justice research: a test of mediation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(2), 491. Kim, T.-Y., & Leung, K. (2007). Forming and reacting to overall fairness: A cross-cultural comparison. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 104(1), 83–95.
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Hello Dr. Davies:
Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question with a definitive “yes” or “no.” My sense is that our field continues to sort thought these psychometric issues. Pooling justice faucets into a single measure has been called “composite” justice. As you point out, composite justice is distinct from Ambrose and Schminke’s (2009) measure of overall justice, and it’s important not to conflate the two. My best guess is that overall justice would be the preferred approach, though a case could be made for each.
I would encourage you to see the following chapter, which compares composite and overall justice:
Ambrose, M. A., Wo, D. X. H., & Griffith, M. D. (2015). Overall justice: Past, present, and future. In R. S. Cropanzano & M. A. Ambrose (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Justice in the Workplace (pp. 109-137). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Ambrose and her colleagues (2015) provide a table on pp. 115-116 that reviews the different measures employed. You’ll find a few articles, though not many, that assessed composite justice.
In short, there are some studies that have used measures of composite justice (as opposed to overall justice). However, doing so is likely to be regarded with skepticism.
Best of luck with your work,
Russell
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Dear researchers,
I am currently conducting a meta analysis which analyses the relation between personal values and different well-being scales across cultures. In my meta analysis the effect size I search for in all studies is the Pearson Correlation Coefficient.
Today, I came across a relevant study that conducted a hierarchical linear model to predict well-being through personal values. Now, I am not sure, whether I can transform the result-table, e.g. the HLM coefficients, in this study into a correlation.
Attached the relevant study with the result tables at the end. For my meta analysis, pp. 38 and 39 are relevant, in order to get information about the relation between personal values and well-being.
It would be awesome if someone could let me know whether it is possible to calculate correlations from the results of this hierarchical linear model.
Best regards and thank you so much,
Benedict
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E-mail: florencia.sortheix@helsinki.fi
Am besten fragen Sie Florencia M. Sortheix direkt. Sie hat höchst wahrscheinlich die Daten noch und arbeitet bei der Universität in Helsinki, Finnland.
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Can someone suggest a brief (not more than 12) self-report o that can be used for preliminary screening for psychological problems? Depression in particular
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I suggest you use the Hopkins Symptom Checklist 10 (HSCL-10). It measures both anxiety and depression symptoms.
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I am conducting some undergraduate research on people's preferred reading device (paper, tablet, kindle, etc.). I want to see how various likert scale measures differ with age, gender, and preferred reading device. Would an ANOVA be the best method to use? I saw on other posts that a Mann-Whitney may be better due to an ANOVAs assumptions on the data being normally distributed.
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There is an ambiguity here because the term "scale" has two different meanings. The first meaning is a set of ordered categories that are used to rate an object (e.g., rating "This device is easy to use" on a scale from Strongly disagree = 1 to Strongly agree = 5). The statement and the rating scale are collectively referred to as an item. The second meaning of "scale" is a set of items that are presumed to be measuring the same underlying idea (called a "construct"). The reasonableness of summing the scores across a number of items to create a scale (the second meaning of the term) is typically assessed by computing coefficient alpha.
For an undergraduate paper, I would recommend following the common convention of considering a multi-item scale reliable enough for research purposes if alpha is reasonably high (> .70). You can assess a multi-item scale's reliability in SPSS by going to SCALE and then selecting RELIABILITY ANALYSIS. Click on STATISTICS and be sure to request "Descriptives for item, scale, and scale if item deleted", as well as "Inter-item correlations". If alpha increases substantially if an item is deleted, you should look at the correlation matrix to verify that it has a poor correlation with the other variables in the multi-item scale.
Once you have identified the items to include in your multi-item scale (or, possibly multiple scales if the correlation matrix shows that the items fall into multiple groups), you can then correlate your scale(s) with age, gender, and preferred reading device.
A better solution would begin by conducting a factor analysis on the individual items to determine whether you should compute two or more multi-item scales. However, that is a more advanced technique that requires some guidance from an instructor to run the analysis and interpret it.
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I am interested in exploring the degree to which the typical distractions encountered in offices (e.g. overhearing irrelevant conversations, distractions in visual field) interfere with the typical types of tasks performed in those offices. In other words, I want to be able to predict how much the performance of Task A (primary work activity) will be disrupted by the concurrent performance of Task B (attending to, and trying to ignore, an irrelevant distractor).
I have previously come across Wickens' Multiple Resource Theory and its use as a computational model to predict dual task interference (e.g. Wickens, 2008), and found it to be a very useful framework for describing which cognitive resources are used for which tasks. However, I have only ever seen this applied in contexts such as interface design in visual tasks (e.g. designing cockpits for pilots). Is anyone aware of the application of this theory in more traditional workplace design?
Alternatively, is anyone aware of any other useful frameworks which might help me to predict how a particular type of 'knowledge work' will be disrupted by the presence of a distractor?
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Nadine Sarter at the University of Michigan has done extensive work in interruption management as well as multimodal displays which you may find useful.
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I found repeatedly that I always overestimate the popularity of "my" knowledge. ie. something I consider as "common sense" and should be known by everyone(at least everyone who shares the similar educational background with me) is actually totally unaware of for many of my friends. So I wonder is there any experiment done that can explain this phenomenon? 
thank you very much
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Within Social Psychology there is a bias called the, "false consensus effect."  Generally, when we believe something, it makes this knowledge and our reasons for believing something more easily accessible in memory, and this in turn makes it seem more common among others than it really is.  The findings that I'm most aware of are primarily about attitudes, but it seems like it could equally apply to knowledge.  There are many studies where people state their attitude and estimate the prevalence among others.  People with the attitude over-estimate agreement (relative to the actual percent of respondents) and those with the opposite attitude over-estimate agreement with the opposite perspective (i.e., their attitude).  Best wishes with your research, Shaojing. ~ Kevin
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I am reading about non-linear transformation of the data that is not normally distributed. I have com across Flächentransformation but I have not found much sources to read about this procedure and the result I get from SPSS is very confusing. The data is from a questionnaire and the aim is to norm the data of a large sample and use as a source for comparing and interpreting respondets' scores. I would be glad if you know about this procedure and could help me.
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Shahrzad
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Shahrzad ,
Look bellow the figure extrated from the Uriel and Aldás (2005) book.
There no is a "universal transformation"; You need try some transformations until discovery the better for your data.
Uriel E.,.& Aldás, J. (2005) Análisis multivariante aplicado: aplicaciones al marketing, investigación de mercados, economía, dirección de empresas y turismo. Madrid: Thomson.
hope help you
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What criteria and/or instruments you are using in this particular study to evaluate the therapy or the trainee's effectiveness?
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Zahra Gheidar, is it a response to me or a recommendation for Dr. Aponte?
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 My name is Rachel and I am about to begin my dissertation for my Applied Psychology degree. I plan to do a correlational study to try and identify a relationship between frequent sexual activity and increased cognitive abilities.
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Thankyou so much for both your help, it really is appreciated.
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I am writing my master thesis right now on the topic "Factors that are influencing the psychological presence of training participants". Until now I have just found a research paper by Ward (1998): Patterns of psychological presence and absence in training for redisential child care. Is there any further literature that you know?
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Lots of studies covering training effectiveness done for the military; e.g., learning while under stress, amount of stress, types of stress, etc.  There is probably at least a few on how to keep groups interested/awake and engaged while sleep deprived.  Airborne school cadre teach using primer words and actions that require a specific response or action from the students; helps to bring a wandering mind back to the situation at hand.  I believe this is a form of "gamifying/gamification" which are terms definitely worth researching for your goal of maximizing training output.
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My team and I are implementing a project on assessing cyberbullying perceptions. We have decided to use FRS in order for respondents to answer our 8 situational items. 
Could you suggest me some practical applications of FRS based on sinusoidal functions?
Thank you very much, Dana
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Hi, Dana and Dibakar!
I don't know whether you need the sinusoidal shape for some additional reasons. Although the already developed statistical methods to deal with FRS data can be applied to sinusoidal and other data shapes, trapezoidal one usually allows us to ease and get exact computations.
Kindest regards,
maria 
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Hi there! 
I've just done Cronbach's Alpha for my UTAUT2 technology acceptance model. 
The results are good. One construct is at 0.78, and the rest are > 0.84. 
However, SPSS indicates that, with the deletion of some items, I can make some minor improvements (e.g. a jump from 0.87 to 0.89 for a scale). 
Should I purify my scale simply as an attempt to increase the Cronbach's Alpha for each one? Or will this cause other problems?
Could you please provide a reference which suggests best practice in this scenario?
Thank you! 
Sam 
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 Be careful about getting stuck viewing the veins on the leaves of the trees and not the whole forest here.  Certainly, that may improve Cronbach's Alpha. But, does it improve the theoretical structure of the scale?  Second, be cautious about a statistical fishing expedition in search of better statistics.  Do you have a theoretical rationale or other psychometric rationale for omitting these items (s)?  Do they have low loadings, cross loadings, or other problematic indicators? These would be more potent reasons for omitting an item.
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I am trying to figure out the influence of life style on a consumer's Impulse buying attitude..
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Start by making a list of all items that you would need for the week. At the end of the week make a list of all items you have purchased. Separate them into three categories.
1. The needed items on your previous list
2. Emergency purchases
3. Other items purchased
Replicate this for a period of at least two months. At the end of the period, total the number of items under each category, divide each figure by the total number of items purchased (in all the 3 categories), and divide by 100. Graph the results on a pie chart.The percentage of the category "other Items purchased" would be the percentage of your impulsive buying. 
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As per requirement of my class assignment. I need to conduct a research related to Mobile Banking with Expectation Confirmation Model. I want to test the correlation between  the construct " Sociability of User" is positively correlated with perceived performance and satisfaction. Hence I need a scale ( Preferably free and short) to measure extroversion of respondents
Kindly help
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Partha
You can get a suitable scale from the International Personality Item Pool (ipip.ori.org). Look at the items in the scale before choosing a scale (i.e. do not just look at the name of the scale) as they can differ widely.
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My name is Vladimir Korpas. I work in prison with sex offenders in Slovakia. I'm interested in indirect measurement of sexual preferences. I would welcome cooperation on a similar project. I would like to construct a tool for indirectly measuring deviant sexual preferences. We still use phalopletysmograph and projective psychological tests, especially ROR.
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Hello ,
thank you for your interest in our work.  If you would be interested to use the tool we use for our work and research (it's called EISIP), please contact Prof Banse from the university of Bonn.  The tool is available in German and English, and we translated it for our purposes into Dutch.  Maybe a translation into Slovakian is possible as well.
Good luck with your work.
Kris Vanhoeck
I.T.E.R., Brussels
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Novelty is newness or originality. The known ways are expert reviews or searching the entire universe to know if the product features matches existing products.
Is there an objective way to evaluate novelty ?
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Thanks for your responses. 
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What are the acceptable dimensions of workplace spirituality? Are there any research that relates workplace spituality to safety outcomes?
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You might check the following book: Psychology of religion and workplace spirituality.
Advances in workplace spirituality: Theory, research and application.By Hill, Peter C. (Ed); Dik, Bryan J. (Ed)
2012.
This book series seeks to (1) provide scholars with a meaningful collection of books in key areas and create a forum for the field of workplace spirituality, (2) support a growing trend toward paradigm integration and assimilation through the series' inter-disciplinary nature, and (3) draw from a wide variety of stakeholder disciplines to promote integrative thinking with the broad goal of adding to the value of workplace spirituality theory, research, and its application. To this end, it is hoped that the book series will draw from notable scholars in diverse scholarly areas. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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Dear colleagues. I have a challenging question and cannot find the answer in the literature yet. As you know, in social sciences, the face validity of the scales is supposed to be checked by expert judges. In reality in business science, they rarely are (Hardesty and Bearden, 2004).
Question: when they are, who are the expert judges? My hypothesis is that they are very frequently peers (researchers, professors, PhD students) and rarely "end-users", like consumers or patients etc.
Could anyone help me in confirming that hypothesis or not?
Thanks.
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Good question. I think this shows one of the limits of face validity. Who are the experts?
If it does not seem "valid" for different groups of users (is users a better group than experts?), that does not mean it is not valid in other senses of the word validity (e.g., causal validity by Borsboom, Kane's how it is used validity, Meehl and Cronbach, etc.). One problem with experts is that they are not always right, This is why the US courts no longer use just general acceptance (Frye) for accepting expert testimony (the Daubert trilogy of cases addressed this). Galileo was not helped by "experts."
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Dear All,
Would you please advise me from where I could find a free version of Wong's Emotional Intelligence Scale (WEIS) or the “Bar-On model of emotional and social intelligence”?
Many thanks in advance.
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Dear Karine,
If you are interested, I can send you  the Emotional Skills and Competence Questionnaire (ESCQ) we developed and it has cross culturally validated. The info about ESCQ you can find at:  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235938207_Emotional_Skills_and_Competence_Questionnaire_ESCQ_as_a_self-report_measure_of_emotional_intelligence
Have a nice day.
Best
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i want to find out correlation between psychological well being scale (5 point likert type ) and mental health battery (2 point scale) . how to find out.
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thank you so much to all of you.
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The version I know of takes about 45 minutes (216 items) to respond to which is not ideal for the research I am conducting. I will appreciate a short version of that is validated and reliable.
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Thank you Scott Sumerall. I'll check the website.
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Current master-thesis is about organisational psychology and focusses on the relationship between working clothes and their effects on work-related aspects like motivation, distress and performance. 
I'm now looking for related and useful literature and especially tests to perform the data collection. 
Tests should be about well-being in worklife, feeling of stress, cloth-work-related...
I'm really looking forward to your answers!
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I found this if it is of any help
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I would like to have a freely available instrument to substantiate observational assessment (particularly for Cluster B disorders.) I read this was in the public domain, but have not had success finding a copy.
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Hello Kathryn
It seems that the original was unpublished:
Beck, A. T., & Beck, J. S. (1991). The Personality Belief Questionnaire. Unpublished assessment instrument. Bala Cynwyd, PA: The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.
. . . but it has been widely used and the scoring key seems quite available:
This, I think, is Aaron T Beck's ResearchGate page; although there are not the expected publications there, I think he was based at the University of Pennsylvania. You could send a message? 
And this is Judith S Beck, his daughter:
Or this is the university contact for both Aaron and Judith Beck:
Alternatively, maybe if you contact the other co-authors on ResearchGate or at their work address:
Beck, A. T., Butler, A. C., Brown, G. K., Dahlsgaard, K. K., Newman, C. F., & Beck, J. S. (2001). Dysfunctional beliefs discriminate personality disorders. Behaviour research and therapy, 39(10), 1213-1225.
Bhar, S. S., Beck, A. T., & Butler, A. C. (2012). Beliefs and personality disorders: an overview of the personality beliefs questionnaire. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(1), 88-100.
Very best wishes,
Mary
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I am working on a project that is examining temporal processing abilities in college-aged adults. I am interested in a measure that could capture participant's perceptions of these abilities. 
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Hi Anne,
Have you looked into the time perspective research by Philip Zimbardo? Not sure if it fits  you needs exactly, but the items of his inventory might be helpful.
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Does anyone have a copy of the revised Self-Perception Profile Questionnaire? With the scoring information? This questionnaire was developed as part of the following study:
Kalmet, N., & Fouladi, R. T. (2008). A comparison of physical self-perception profile questionnaire formats: structured alternative and ordered response scale formats. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 12, 88-112. 
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I think the attached document has everything you need. If not, I suggest contacting Harter directly.
Incidentally, I think there is also a version designed specifically for the elderly.
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I am currently working on my dissertation... and at the moment feeling confused about reliability / internal and external validity?
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Thank you the replies! much appreciated!
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What about errors o Disadvantages of self reports in measuring ability, or multiple intelligences, desirability, bias, could you help me ,please?i want to alot of study about Self reports Disadvantages in measuring abilities, or multiple intelligences, because i am research this point ,i hope to help me.
i want some prof from russia, or other, i want to recognize them
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thanks a lot for you
 
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Because there are papers favoring both the relationships. Please provide your take regarding the directionality of this relationship.
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 Mr. Marco V. Rossi,
Agree with your answer. Yes, It is a circular process, depends very much upon the context.
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My focus is about Extraversion and Introversion Students and their Perception on collaborative learning.
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I'm working with cognitive and social-emotional complexity, via a profile tool use on MBA and PhD students that breaks down how they think in context. I'm not a fan of the Big Five, so my response would be more detailed in that Extroversion and Introversion can be broken down further into a combination of Thinking Preferences. In my experience of over 120 student profiles, the tendency for collaboration is low.
The MBTI system in the above link is not useful. It's a horoscope in my experience. For example: does a person prefer to be an Individualist or a Team Member? Those two Thinking Preferences alone will give you more information than any MBTI "profile". 
Feel free to contact me.
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There is a controversy going on about what is more needed in the future:
another paradigma for dealing with each other (think of wars, exploiting nature - the seas, the air, the soil - and man - from other social levels and countries - and foreign markets etc. for the sake of very few
or new technologies and advancing sciences to go on the old way in a more sophisticated and developped way.
What is your idea and experience?
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Realmente considero que lo mas importante es la filosofia de vida y de sociedad que puedas tener, puesto que en funcion del conjunto de valores y normas que tu tengas establecido sobre la vida, podras desarrollar un proceso que genera estabilidad o por lo mneos que se oreinte a promover las mejoras en todos los ambitos de la vida, incluido el proceso tecnologico que es parte importante para nuestro desarrollo.
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Can anyone please suggest appropriate scales for measuring university graduates' voluntary and involuntary unemployment, subjective and objective employability and visible and invisible underemployment? 
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Very helpful..thanks a lot, you both! 
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Dimensionality of the 9-Item Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES-9)
Gideon P. de Bruin, Carolina M. Henn
First Published June 1, 2013; pp. 788–799
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thanks alot Maura Mills
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need survey items for "performance expectations" in work context.
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Research objectives:
1.To examine the nature and strength of relationship between:
a. Connectedness to nature and subjective well-being.
b. Connectedness to nature and environmental identity.
c. Connectedness to nature and pro-environmental behavior
d. Environmental identity and subjective well-being.
e. Environmental identity and pro-environmental behavior.
2. Connectedness to nature and environmental identity as predictors of subjective well-being and pro-environmental behavior.
All my variables are interval in nature (they are basically test scores)
For the first research objective I intend to use pearson correlation coefficient.
For the second I intend to use multivariate multiple regression ( because 2 predictors and 2 criterions ).
Why I am again doing regression after already finding out the strength and direction of relationship between the variables? 
Because I want to know which is a better predictor of subjective well-being and pro-environmental behavior.
Am I being practical about this? Is the second research objective pointless? Is it simply making the problem more cumbersome and making me appear like an illogical researcher? 
Do I just exclude the second research objective? 
Any help from fellow researchgate members would be greatly appreciated! 
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Bivariate correlation shows the relationship between 2 variables (called in statistics, Zero order correlation). Which means the strength and direction of relationship between the 2 variables regardless of the effect of any other variable. However, as in reality this is not the case, and multivariate effect occurs at the same time, thus the Multiple linear regression is one way to handle the pure effect/relationship for each IV with the DV {MLR handle this issue by counting the partial and semi partial correlation for the variables}.
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I am doing a field experiment for my master thesis. I would need your help to find two scales (and their their Cronbach alpha coefficient):
- one to measure flavor
- one to measure crispiness/crunchiness
The product I will use for the tasting will be biscuits.
Thank you for your help!
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Dear Camille,
to study flavour perception, there is a growing and interesting tendency to use pictures associations, instead of Likert scales. See this for example: https://www.qriconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/How-Does-Your-Cappuccino-Feel-2013.pdf.
Kind regards.
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I am writing my master thesis and I want to see if showing a red picture activates "danger" mental state, while if showing a blue pictures keeps them at relaxed state. So I want to see if there are differences in mental states between the two groups and if "danger" group will be more anxious.
I thought of two options:
1) Measuring how stressed they are after seeing the picture
2) Make associations test with pre-determined options to select from: one which is more danger related, another which is more neutral.
The problem with (1) is that it might not capture the actual change in anxiety and it can be very subjective to how they were feeling even before they started the survey.
The problem with (2) is that it is very subjective and might capture only already established associations and not really due to the treatment. It is also subjective to my perception of words that are more "danger" and "neutral".
What can I do to measure for this small shift in the mind set?
Thank you.
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What about trying the experiment while doing an MEG? The MEG is an imaging technique used to measure the magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the brain via extremely sensitive devices known as SQUIDs. These measurements are commonly used in both research and clinical settings. So with the added accuracy there will be more noticeable changes or fluctuations recorded if the experiment is to prove scientifically successful.
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I want to know that if interviews (data collection method) can help in providing an insight into why engineers manifest cognitive bias(confirmation bias) in their work? For example. interviews helping in understanding what goes in the mind of an engineer while performing the activity because of which he manifested a cognitive bias (of course unknowingly)?
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For general qualitative interviewing, I would prefer to hear people talk about their experiences and opinions, without imposing your own interpretation of what does or does not constitute a bias.
One specific technique that might work, however, is "think aloud" protocols. For that method, you present a person with a problem or vignette and then ask them to talk through (i.e., think out loud) how they would deal with that.
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Hello Friends,
                 Please help me out to find a 4 to5 items questionnaire on personal Spirituality. Is there any survey in short form?
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If the personal spirituality you are referring to is related to any chronic illness, then you may find this useful:
The “Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-spiritual wellbeing FACIT-sp-12(version 4)”
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Dear Raiph,
I was wondering, then, if your interest in my work was concerning the use of the Heimler scale which has a Synthesis scale which was supposed to be something of a measure of spiritual growth or emotional maturity?
Jean Coleman
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Jean, I think the book that Hendrika mentioned is the one I used (the one I told you about).   It's a huge book with many surveys in there.
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I am planning a study where I am comparing categorical vs. dimensional predictors of success in therapy. I am using a dimensional measurement tool to predict treatment outcome and am unsure how to operationalize DSM diagnoses as the other predictor.
How might I do this? 
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Whichever method you ultimately choose will have its imperfections, so a step forward might be to acknowledge this dilemma and justify the method you've chosen and how it suits your research purposes but not others'. 
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I have to use it to measure the self-regulation among OCD patients and normal individuals.
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When an author publishes the actual items of a scale (whether it's in a journal article or on a web site), it constitutes permission for others to use the measure. But it can be a good idea to contact the author about your projected use. Sometimes you'll get useful advice or updates. And if they're keeping track of how the measure is used, your work may be cited in a subsequent review.
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I need to assess emotion perceptions, theory of mind and social cognition in teenagers.
1- whats the differences between these three?
2- what interactive (computerized) tasks would you suggest for assessment in teenagers?
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Hi Amir, looking at your questions and the research you are undertaking to explore high social cognition, it might be worth considering a main focus to be social cognitive functioning as the prime research question and that can subsume theory of mind. The way emotions and feelings are construed is really emotional perception, self and other.
Daniel Goleman has written a couple of books, Emotional Intelligence and Working with Emotional Intelligence where he identifies 5 main areas that constitute emotional intelligence.
Recognise your emotions, manage your emptions, stay motivated, recognise emotion in others' and handle relationships. There is some discussion about whether emotion intelligence exists or if it is really part of personality. That said, the idea of recognising emotion in others, staying motivated and handling relationships fits in with your second order perspective and social cognition. You might use a scale to measure second order principles in your research. Goleman continues to spread his word on EQ so you could check him out on the net. Also, It may be useful for you to check out the sociality corollary proposed by the personality theorist George A. Kelly in the Psychology of Personal Constructs.
Good luck
Barry