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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 11-06-2015
last updated: 04-17-2018 by K.Borchert ( for Millisecond Software LLC

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This script implements a computerized adaptation of the short form of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ-SF) as described in:

original/long form:
Baer, R. A., Smith, G. T., Hopkins, J., Krietemeyer, J., & Toney, L. (2006). Using self-report assessment methods to explore 
facets of mindfulness. Assessment, 13, 27-45.

Baer, R. A., et all. (2008). Construct Validity of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire in Meditating 
and Nonmeditating Samples. Assessment, 15, 329

Paper and Pencil Form and Scoring instructions of original FFMQ can be downloaded from:

Short Form:
Bohlmeijer, E., P. M. ten Klooster, et al. (2011). Psychometric properties of the five facet mindfulness questionnaire in 
depressed adults and development of a short form. Assessment 18(3): 308-320.

Paper and Pencil Form and Scoring instructions of FFMQ-ST can be downloaded from:,%20mindfulness%205%20facets%20short_1.pdf

Participants are asked to answer 24 5-point Likert-type questions with the following anchors:
"Never or very rarely true", "rarely true", "sometimes true", "often true", "very often or always true".

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'FiveFacetMindfulnessQuestionnaire_SF_raw*.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)									
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: 'FiveFacetMindfulnessQuestionnaire_SF_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)

Note: to retain a digital copy of the filled in questionnaire pages, go to section SURVEY
and follow instructions

24 5-point Likert-type questions on 5 facets/subscales scored on a scale from 1-5:
1) Observing (8 questions, Max: 40 points): 
"includes noticing or attending to internal and external experiences, such as sensations, cognitions,
emotions, sights, sounds, and smells." (Baer et al, 2008, p.330)
2) Describing (4 questions, Max: 20 points): 
"refers to labeling internal experiences with words." (Baer et al, 2008, p.330)
3) ActingWithAwareness (5 questions, Max: 25 points): 
"includes attending to one’s activities of the moment and can be contrasted with behaving mechanically while 
attention is focused elsewhere (often called automatic pilot)." (Baer et al, 2008, p.330)
4) NonjudgingOfInnerExperience (5 questions, Max: 25 points): 
"refers to taking a nonevaluative stance toward thoughts and feelings." (Baer et al, 2008, p.330)
5) NonreactivityToInnerExperience (5 questions, Max: 25 points): 
"is the tendency to allow thoughts and feelings to come and go,
without getting caught up in or carried away by them." (Baer et al, 2008, p.330)

Scoring: higher scores represent higher levels of mindfulness

can be edited under section Editable Parameters.
The original wording is: 
"Below is a collection of statements about your everyday experience. Using the 1–5 scale below, please indicate, 
in the box to the right of each statement, how frequently or infrequently you have had each experience in the last month (or other agreed time period).
Please answer according to what really reflects your experience rather than what you think your experience should be."

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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