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UPPS IMPULSE BEHAVIOR SCALE
Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Millisecond Software, LLC
last updated: 04-18-2016 by K.Borchert (email@example.com) for Millisecond Software LLC
Copyright © 04-18-2016 Millisecond Software
This script implements the original UPPS impulsive behavior scale described in:
Whiteside, S. P., & Lynam, D. R. (2001). The Five Factor Model and impulsivity: using a structural
model of personality to understand impulsivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 30(4), 669-689.
and made available by Dr. Lynam on:
45 4-point Likert Questions regarding impulsive behavior
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
The default data stored in the data files are:
(1) Raw data file: 'UPPS.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; responses DO reflect reversed scoring)
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: 'UPPS_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 scores for the subscales and totalscore (responses are reversed scored if appropriate)
According to Whiteside & Lynam (2001) impulsivity encompasses four personality facets that are
assessed in the UPPS impulse behavior scale:
the 45 questions are assigned to the following facets:
1) Urgency: 2 (R), 6 (R), 10 (R), 14 (R), 18 (R), 24 (R), 28 (R), 32 (R), 36 (R), 41 (R), 43, 45 (R)
"measures an individual’s tendency to act “impulsively” under conditions of negative affect" *
2) (lack of) Premeditation: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39, 40.
"assesses an individual’s tendency to act without consideration of the potential consequences of the behavior" *
3) (lack of) Perseverance: 4, 8 (R), 12, 16, 20, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38 (R)
"assesses an individual’s tendency to give up in the face of boredom, fatigue, or frustration." *
4) Sensation Seeking: 3 (R), 7 (R), 11 (R), 15 (R), 19 (R), 21 (R), 25 (R), 29 (R), 33 (R), 37 (R), 42 (R), 44 (R)
"refers to an individual’s interest in and tendency to pursue activities that are exciting and novel" *
(R) = reversed scoring
* = see web site above
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.