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SCRIPT INFO

Main Inquisit programming: Sean Draine (seandr@millisecond.com)
last updated:  02-25-2016 by K.Borchert (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software LLC

Script Copyright ©  02-25-2016 Millisecond Software


BACKGROUND INFO: General IAT and IAT-RF

The Implicit Association Task (Greenwald, McGhee, & Schwartz, 1998) is a widely-used cognitive-behavioral paradigm
that measures the strength of automatic (implicit) associations between concepts in people’s minds relying 
on latency measures in a simple sorting task.
 
In the typical IAT procedure, participants are asked to sort attributes (e.g. "joyful"; "tragic") and target items 
(e.g "daisy" vs. "wasp")  into predetermined categories via keystroke presses. The basic task is to press a left key (E) 
if an item (e.g. "joyful") belongs to the category presented on the left (e.g. "Good") and to press the right key (I) 
if the word (e.g. "tragic")  belongs to the category ("Bad") presented on the right. For the actual test, participants 
are asked to sort categories  into the paired/combined categories (e.g. "Flower OR Good" on the left vs. "Insect OR Bad" on the right). 
Pairings are reversed for a second test  (e.g. "Insects OR Good" on the left vs. "Flowers OR Bad" on the right). 
The traditional IAT procedure tests category pairings in a blocked format (test 1 vs. test2 with reversed pairings)
and requires a potential recoding of information inbetween the category switch from test 1 to test 2.  
Rothermund et al (2009) suggest that his potential recoding of  information has a strong effect on the IAT results 
and propose an alteration to the traditional IAT procedure to eliminate recoding. The proposed change is to test category 
pairings in a within-subjects mixed design: In the recoding free IAT (IAT-RF), category pairings can switch from trial to trial 
within the same block.

The strength of an association between concepts in IATs is measured by the standardized mean difference score of 
the 'hypothesis-inconsistent' pairings and 'hypothesis-consistent' pairings (d-score) (Greenwald, Nosek, & Banaji, 2003). 
In general, the higher the d-score the stronger is the association between the 'hypothesis-consistent' pairings 
(decided by researchers). Negative d-scores suggest a stronger association between the 'hypothesis-inconsistent' pairings.
Inquisit calculates d-scores using the improved scoring algorithm as described in Greenwald et al (2003). 
Error trials are handled by requiring respondents to correct their responses according to recommendation (p.214).

D-scores obtained with this script:
Positive d-scores: support a stronger association between 'Flowers-Good' and 'Insects-Bad' than for the opposite pairings
Negative d-scores: support a stronger association between 'Insects-Good' and 'Flowers-Bad' than for the opposite pairings

References:
Greenwald, A. G., McGhee, D. E., & Schwartz, J. K. L. (1998). Measuring individual differences in implicit cognition: 
The Implicit Association Test. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 1464-1480.

Greenwald, A. G., Nosek, B. A., & Banaji, M. R. (2003). Understanding and Using the Implicit Association Test: 
I. An Improved Scoring Algorithm. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 197-216.

Rothermund, K., Teige-Mocigemba, S., Gast, A., & Wentura, D. (2009). Eliminating the influence of recoding in the Implicit 
Association Test: The Recoding-Free Implicit Association Test (IAT-RF). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 
84-98.


											  *Task*
Participants are asked to categorize attributes (e.g. "joyful"; "tragic") and target items (e.g "daisy" vs. "wasp") 
into predetermined categories via keystroke presses. The basic task is to press a left key (E) if an item (e.g. "joyful")
belongs to the category presented on the left (e.g. "Good") and to press the right key (I) if the word (e.g. "tragic") 
belongs to the category ("Bad") presented on the right.
For practice, participants sort items into the target categories "Flowers vs. Insects" and the attribute categories "Good vs. Bad".
For the test, participants are asked to sort categories into the paired/combined categories (e.g. 
"Flower OR Good" on the left vs. "Insect OR Bad" on the right). Pairings are reversed for a second test 
(e.g. "Insects OR Good" on the left vs. "Flowers OR Bad" on the right). Order is counterbalanced by groupnumber.							  


DATA FILE INFORMATION: 
The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'IAT_RF_raw*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)

build:								Inquisit build
computer.platform:					the platform the script was run on
date, time, subject, group:			date and time script was run with the current subject/groupnumber 
										Note: group1/group2 counterbalance the order in which the pairings are run
blockcode, blocknum:				the name and number of the current block
trialcode, trialnum: 				the name and number of the currently recorded trial
									(Note: not all trials that are run might record data; by default data is collected unless /recorddata = false is set for a particular trial/block) 
response:							the final trial response (scancodes of the keys pressed)
										Note: script saves the final and -by design- correct response
correct:							the accuracy of the initial response
										0 = initial response was incorrect and needed to be corrected
										1 = initial response is correct
error:								error of the initial response
										0 = initial response was correct
										1 = initial response was incorrect
/ item:								stores the currently presented item
latency:							the latency of the final (correct) response
stimulusnumber:						the number of the current stimulus
stimulusitem:						the currently presented item
/ scompatible:						sums the latencies of the compatible pairings
/ sincompatible:					sums the latencies of the incompatible pairings
/ ncompatible:						counts the latencies of the compatible pairings
/ nincompatible:					counts the latencies of the incompatible pairings
/ ssall:							sums the squared latencies of all pairings
/ mcompatible:						mean latency of compatible pairings
/ mincompatible:					mean latency of incompatible pairings
/ nall:								number of trials (pairings) run 
/ mall:								mean latency across pairings
/ sdall:							standard deviation across pairings
/ d:								d-score (as difference in mean latencies of incompatible and compatible pairings in relation to overall standard deviation of latencies)
/ percentcorrect:       			overall percent correct score of initial responses of test trials

(2) Summary data file: 'IAT_RF_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)

script.startdate:					date script was run
script.starttime:					time script was started
script.subjectid:					subject id number
script.groupid:						group id number
script.elapsedtime:					time it took to run script (in ms)
computer.platform:					the platform the script was run on
/completed:							0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 1 = script was completed (all conditions run)
/ d:								d-score (as difference in mean latencies of incompatible and compatible pairings in relation to overall standard deviation of latencies)
/ percentcorrect:       			overall percent correct score of initial responses of test trials



EXPERIMENTAL SET-UP

Hypothesis-consistent pairings vs. hypothesis-inconsistent pairings; tested within-subjects in a mixed design

Sequence:
1. Attribute sorting training: 16 trials; 8 positive; 8 negative; order is randomly determined
2. Target Category sorting training: 16 trials, 4 flowers left, 4 flowers right, 4 insects left, 4 insects right; order is randomly determined
3. Combined category practice: 32 trials, 16 flowers-good left (insect-bad right); 16 insect-good left (flower-bad right); order is randomly determined
4. Combined test: 128 trials, 64 flowers-good left (insect-bad right); 16 insect-good left (flower-bad right); order is randomly determined

Each trial starts with a fixation cross (1) that is presented for 500ms.

STIMULI
Stimuli can be edited under section Editable Stimuli

INSTRUCTIONS
Instructions can be edited under section Editable Instructions

EDITABLE CODE:
check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc. 
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code to further customize your experiment.

The parameters you can change are:

/showsummaryfeedback:		set parameter showsummaryfeedback = true to display summary feedback to participants at the end (default)
							set parameter showsummaryfeedback = false if no summary feedback should be presented to participants

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