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									*REMOTE ASSOCIATES TEST - Survey Style*
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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 01-17-2017
last updated:  10-23-2019 by K. Borchert (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC

Script Copyright © 10-23-2019 Millisecond Software

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BACKGROUND INFO 	
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This script implements a variant of the Remote Associates Test, a test of creativity, based on:

Mednick, S. A. (1962). The associative basis of the creative process.
Psychological Review, 69, 220-232.

Mednick, S. A. (1968). Remote Associates Test. Journal of Creative
Behavior, 2, 213-214.

Bowden, E.M., & Jung-Beeman, M. (2003). Normative data for 144 compound remote associate problems. 
Behavioral Research Methods, Instrumentation, and Computers, 35, 634-639.

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TASK DESCRIPTION
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Participants are presented 30 triads consisting of 3 remotely associated words of the kind (paint/doll/cat) 
and are asked to come up with a fourth item that is associated with all three (here: "house").
The 30 triads are presented on 3 different surveypages with 10 triads per page.
Participants can go back and forth between pages.
A default time limit of 30 minutes is enforced for the entire test.
  
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DURATION 
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the default set-up of the script takes max. 30 minutes to complete

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DATA FILE INFORMATION 
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The default data stored in the data files are:


(1) Raw data file: 'remoteassociatestest_survey.iqdat'

date, time:						date and time script was run with the current group/subjectnumber 
subject, group, session:	  		 with the current subject/groupnumber/session id
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: 'remoteassociatestest_survey_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)*

computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on (win/mac/ios/android)
script.startdate:					date script was run
script.starttime:					time script was started
script.subjectid:					assigned subject id number
script.groupid:					assigned group id number
script.sessionid:					assigned session id number
script.elapsedtime:				time it took to run script (in ms); measured from onset to offset of script
script.completed:					0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 
								1 = script was completed (all conditions run)
									
parameters.nr_Triads:				the number of triads presented (default: 30)
parameters.maxTestDuration:		the maximum time (in ms) allowed for the RAT in this script

expressions.numberCorrect:					number of correctly solved triads
expressions.propSolved:						proportion correctly solved triads
list.accuracy.itemcount:						the number of items

expressions.numberCorrect_easy:				number of correctly solved 'easy' triads
expressions.propSolved_easy:					proportion correctly solved 'easy' triads
list.accuracy_easy.itemcount:					the number of Easy items

expressions.numberCorrect_medium:			number of correctly solved 'medium' triads
expressions.propSolved_medium:				proportion correctly solved 'medium' triads
list.accuracy_medium.itemcount:				the number of Medium items

expressions.numberCorrect_fard:				number of correctly solved 'hard' triads
expressions.propSolved_hard:					proportion correctly solved 'hard' triads
list.accuracy_hard.itemcount:					the number of Hard items

survey.remoteassociatestest_survey.elapsedtime:		time (in ms) spent on the survey

values.question1-values.question30:				stores the triads in presented order
values.solution1-values.solution30:				stores the triad solutions in presented order
values.response1-values.response30:			stores the responses to question1-30

values.correct1-values.correct30:				1 = triad was solved correctly; 
											0 = otherwise for all 30 presented triad questions

* separate data files: to change to one data file for all participants (on Inquisit Lab only), go to section
"DATA" and follow further instructions

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EXPERIMENTAL SET-UP 
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- 30 triads are presented on 3 surveypages (10 triads per page) - participants can go back and forth

- 10 triads are categorized as "easy", 10 triads are categorized as "medium", 10 triads are categorized as "hard"
Categorization (Bowden & Jung-Beeman, 2003 - Appendix):
easy: proportion of participants solving triad (at 15s) > 0.75
medium: 0.45 < proportion of participants solving triad (at 15s) < 0.55
hard: proportion of participant solving triad (at 15s) < 0.25

- the order of the triads is determined randomly for each participant (by default - can be edited under section Editable Lists)

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STIMULI
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- triads are selected from Bowden & Jung-Beeman (2003), Appendix
- triads can be replaced under section "Editable Stimuli"

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INSTRUCTIONS 
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Instructions are not original to the task. They are provided by Millisecond Software
as htm/html pages and can be edited by changing the provided htm/html files.
To edit htm/html-files: open the respective documents in simple Text Editors such as TextEdit (Mac)
or Notepad (Windows).
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EDITABLE CODE 
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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:

/maxTestDuration:				the maximum time (in ms) allowed for the RAT in this script
/nr_triads:					the number of triads presented (default: 30)
									!!!Note: to increase the number of triads further changes have to be made:									
									- values (section VALUES)
									- expressions (section EXPRESSIONS)
									- summarydata (section DATA)
									- surveypage questions (section STIMULI)
									- list.itemnumbers (section Editable Lists)
									- surveypages (section TRIALS)
									- survey (section BLOCKS)
									- block.summary (section BLOCKS)