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									Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS)

Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 05-02-2018
last updated:  05-02-2018 by K.Borchert for Millisecond Software LLC

Script Copyright ©  05-02-2018 Millisecond Software


This script implements a computerized version of the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS) by:

Neville et al (2000). Construction and Initial Validation of the Color-Blind Racial
Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS). Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 47. No. 1,59-70.

20 6-point Likert scale questions, self-report

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'COBRAS.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; R-items are automatically reversed scored
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: 'COBRAS_summary.iqdat' (Inquisit Lab: one data file per 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)

scored on a scale from 1-6 with higher scores implying greater endorsement of color-blind racial attitudes
(Reversed items are automatically reversed scored)
/RacialPrivilege:				Range: 7-42 (1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 15, 20)
/InstitutionalDiscrimination:	Range: 7-42 (3, 4, 9, 13, 14, 16, 18)
/BlatantRacialIssues:			range: 6-36 (5, 7, 10, 11, 17, 19)
/COBRAS_totalscore:				sum of all subscale scores: Range: 20 - 120

20 6-point Likert scale questions, self-report

Anchors: "Strongly disagree", "Moderately disagree", "Slightly disagree", "Slightly agree", "Moderately agree", "Strongly agree"
Higher scores  => greater endorsement of color-blind racial attitudes.

3 subscales of color-blind racial attitudes
RacialPrivilege:				the unawareness of afforded white privilege
InstitutionalDiscrimination:	the unawareness of racial discrimination practiced in institutions
BlatantRacialIssues:			the unawareness towards the pervasiveness of racial discrimination

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:

/pageinstructions:			the instructions that appear at the top of each surveypage

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