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						THE NEED FOR COGNITION SCALE - 18 item format

Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 11-08-2012
last updated:  04-18-2018 by K.Borchert for Millisecond Software LLC

Script Copyright © 04-18-2018 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.

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

1) Questions:
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

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