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									  *SENSATION SEEKING SCALE*
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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 01-15-2013
last updated:  10-25-2019 by K. Borchert (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC

Script Copyright © 10-25-2019 Millisecond Software

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BACKGROUND INFO 	
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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. 

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OVERVIEW
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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)

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DURATION 
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the default set-up of the script takes appr. 5 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: '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)

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)

expressions.totalscore:			calculates the total SSS score (range: 0-40)
expressions.sss_bor
expressions.sss_dis
expressions.sss_exp
expressions.sss_thr:				subscale scores (range: 0-10)


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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.