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THE NEED FOR COGNITION SCALE - 18 item format
Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Millisecond Software, LLC
last updated: 04-20-2017 by K.Borchert (email@example.com) for Millisecond Software LLC
Copyright © 04-20-2017 Millisecond Software
This script implements the 18 item Need for Cognition Scale by
Cacioppo,J.T., Petty,R.E. & Kao, C.F (1984). The efficient assessment of need for cognition. Journal of
Personality Assessment, 48, 306-307.
participant works on 18 9-point Likert questions. Each question has 9 answer choices, ranging from very strong
agreement to very strong disagreement.
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
The default data stored in the data files are:
(1) Raw data file: 'NCS.iqdat'
date, time, group, subject: date and time script was run with the current group/subjectnumber
build: the Inquisit build
q*_response: response given (in assigned values -> reversed scoring already taken into account)
q*_latency: how much time (in ms) the participant spent on the surveypage with this particular question (the last time this particular surveypage was visited)
(2) Summary data file: 'NeedCognitionScale_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)
Summarydata for each participant: file saves the totalscore
18 9-point Likert questions total, 4 questions per page
2) Required Responses:
By default the answer to each question is required (Go to QUESTIONS and edit each individual
instructions for the questions are not originals; they can be changed under
VALUES-> EDITABLE PARAMETERS -> parameters.instructions
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:
/instructions: the wording used in instructions