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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 01-15-2013
last updated: 03-05-2018 by K.Borchert ( for Millisecond Software LLC

Copyright © 03-05-2018 Millisecond Software


This script implements the Sensation Seeking Scale as made available by:

The SSS was originally published by:
Zuckerman, Marvin, Kolin, Elizabeth A., Price, Leah, & Zoob, Ina. (1964). Development of a sensation-seeking scale. 
Journal of Consulting Psychology, 28(6), 477-482. 
(see article at:

40 yes-no questions.
The SSS yields 4 primary scales and one total score.

Disinhibition (SSS_DIS): 	This scale represents the desire for social and sexual disinhibition
as expressed in social drinking, partying, and variety in sexual partners
1R, 12, 13, 25, 29R, 30, 32R, 33, 35, 36R

Boredom Susceptibility (SSS_BOR): 	This scale represents an aversion to repetition, routine, and dull
people, and restlessness when things are unchanging.
2, 5R, 7, 8R, 15, 24R, 27, 31, 34R, 39R

Thrill and Adventure Seeking (SSS_THR): This scale contains items expressing a desire to engage in sports
or other activities involving speed or danger.
3R, 11, 16R, 17R, 20, 21, 23R, 28R, 38, 40

Experience Seeking (SSS_EXP):	This scale represents the seeking of experiences through the mind
and senses, travel, and a nonconforming life-style.
4, 6R, 9R, 10, 14R, 18R, 19, 22R, 26, 37
(descriptions from:

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'SSS.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 coding applied where appropriate
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: 'SensationSeekingScale_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)
totalscore:							calculates the total score
SSS_DIS/SSS_BOR/SSS_THR/SSS_EXP:	subscale scores
/q1-q40:							the score for each individual question (reversed coding applied where indicated)
/number_misseditems:				counts how many items were not answered 
										(only relevant if /required = false for the individual questions)
/misseditems:						a string variable that saves all questions that were skipped 
										(only relevant if /required = false for the individual questions)

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.

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