___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *SENSATION SEEKING SCALE* ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Millisecond Software, LLC Date: 01-15-2013 last updated: 02-28-2022 by K. Borchert (email@example.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC Script Copyright © 02-28-2022 Millisecond Software ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND INFO ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This script implements a computerized version of the Sensation Seeking Scale as made available by: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/html.cfm/index86974EN.html The SSS was originally published by: Zuckerman, Marvin, Kolin, Elizabeth A., Price, Leah, & Zoob, Ina. (1964). Development of a sensation-seeking scale. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 28(6), 477-482. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OVERVIEW ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 40 yes-no questions, self-report The SSS yields 4 primary scales and one total score. Disinhibition (SSS_DIS): This scale represents the desire for social and sexual disinhibition as expressed in social drinking, partying, and variety in sexual partners 1R, 12, 13, 25, 29R, 30, 32R, 33, 35, 36R Boredom Susceptibility (SSS_BOR): This scale represents an aversion to repetition, routine, and dull people, and restlessness when things are unchanging. 2, 5R, 7, 8R, 15, 24R, 27, 31, 34R, 39R Thrill and Adventure Seeking (SSS_THR): This scale contains items expressing a desire to engage in sports or other activities involving speed or danger. 3R, 11, 16R, 17R, 20, 21, 23R, 28R, 38, 40 Experience Seeking (SSS_EXP): This scale represents the seeking of experiences through the mind and senses, travel, and a nonconforming life-style. 4, 6R, 9R, 10, 14R, 18R, 19, 22R, 26, 37 (descriptions from: http://dionysus.psych.wisc.edu/Wiki/index.php?title=Sensation_Seeking_Scale_(SSS) Note: webpage does not exist anymore as of 5/23/2019) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DURATION ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ the default set-up of the script takes appr. 5 minutes to complete ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DATA FILE INFORMATION ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The default data stored in the data files are: (1) Raw data file: 'sss.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) -> reversed coding applied where appropriate 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: 'snsationseekingscale_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant) inquisit.version: Inquisit version run computer.platform: the platform the script was run on (win/mac/ios/android) startdate: date script was run starttime: time script was started subjectid: assigned subject id number groupid: assigned group id number sessionid: assigned session id number elapsedtime: time it took to run script (in ms); measured from onset to offset of script completed: 0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 1 = script was completed (all conditions run) totalscore: calculates the total SSS score (range: 0-40) //Subscale Scores (see section Overview for a description): sss_bor sss_dis sss_exp sss_thr: subscale scores (range: 0-10) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ EDITABLE CODE ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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.