Exporting data from SPSS to Mplus – a simple step-by-step guide

Exporting data from SPSS to Mplus is theoretically a simple process, but can still be a little more complicated than it should be. Various instructions exist all over the Web, but many of them forgo a couple of details that may not be obvious to novices. Here’s my reasonably fool-proof step-by-step guide.

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“Dear Dr. S …” – Invitations from predatory publishers

An interesting side effect of having published an article in a widely indexed open access journal has been the influx of invitations to publish articles/reviews/comments/anything at all or to review research articles in a variety of journals with names ranging from Medical Sciences to the Austin Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences. In a similar vein, …

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Worksheet for examining mediator effects

Mediating/intervening variable effects can be examined and demonstrated in a variety of ways in psychological research. One approach is the so-called difference in coefficients method, where the significance of the difference between the direct path from X to Y with no mediated path via M and the direct path from X to Y when a mediated …

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A Dose of Ruthlessness: Interpersonal Moral Judgment Is Hardened by the Anti-Anxiety Drug Lorazepam

Article of the Week: A Dose of Ruthlessness: Interpersonal Moral Judgment Is Hardened by the Anti-Anxiety Drug Lorazepam by Perkins, A., Leonard, A., Weaver, K., Dalton, J., Mehta, M., Kumari, V., Williams, S. & Ettinger, U. (2013). (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 612-620. DOI: 10.1037/a0030256) Background As unfashionable as it may be in many circles, …

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Does Narrative Exposure Therapy Reduce PTSD in Survivors of Mass Violence?

Article of the Week: Does Narrative Exposure Therapy Reduce PTSD in Survivors of Mass Violence? by McPherson, J. (2012). (Research on Social Work Practice, 22(1), 29-42. DOI: 10.1177/1049731511414147) Background As a comeback to my series of summaries of interesting scientific research articles in psychology, I’ll start with something directly relevant to my current work as a …

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AotD: Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control

Article of the Day: Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control: A randomised trial for treating depression by Pinniger, R., Brown, R.F., Thorsteinsson, E.B., & McKinley, P. (2012). (Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20, 377-384. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.07.003) Background & Research Depression and anxiety problems are massive public health issues, not to mention sources of great suffering for millions …

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AotD: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study

Article of the Day: Psychedelics and Mental Health: A Population Study by Krebs, T. S., & Johansen, P-Ø. (2013) (PLoS ONE, 8(8), e63972. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0063972) Background Psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms, DMT-containing brews (ayahuasca), mescaline-containing cacti, ibogaine-containing roots and seeds with LSA, have been used for religious, shamanistic, divination and healing purposes by various cultures for …

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AotD: Family-, Media-, and School-Related Risk Factors of Video Game Addiction

Article of the Day: Family-, Media-, and School-Related Risk Factors of Video Game Addiction: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study by Rehbein, F., & Baier, D. (2013) (Journal of Media Psychology, 25(3), 118-128.  DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000093)   Background & Research The effects of video games on children and youngsters as well as full-on video game addiction are topics that receive a …

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AotD: Optimism Is Universal

Article of the Day: Optimism Is Universal: Exploring the Presence and Benefits of Optimism in a Representative Sample of the World by Gallagher, M. W., Lopez, S. J., & Pressman, S. D. (2013) (Journal of Personality, 81(5). 429-440.  DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12026)   Background & Research Recent theories of and studies on optimism tend to agree that  optimism is an …

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AotD: Is personality modulated by language?

Article of the Day: Is personality modulated by language? by Veltkamp, G. M., Recio, G., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2012) (International Journal of Bilingualism, 17(4). 496-504. DOI: 10.1177/1367006912438894) Background & Research The complex relationships between language and culture, as well as thought and personality, have been the subject of great interest and research since …

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