Sinuosity and the affect grid: a method for adjusting repeated mood scores

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Russell, Y. and Gobet, F. 2012. Sinuosity and the affect grid: a method for adjusting repeated mood scores. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 114 (1), pp. 125-136. https://doi.org/10.2466/03.28.PMS.114.1.125-136
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TitleSinuosity and the affect grid: a method for adjusting repeated mood scores
AuthorsRussell, Y. and Gobet, F.
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Sinuosity is a measure of how much a travelled pathway deviates from a straight line. In this paper, sinuosity is applied to the measurement of mood. The Affect Grid is a mood scale that requires participants to place a mark on a 9 × 9 grid to indicate their current mood. The grid has two dimensions: pleasure–displeasure (horizontal) and arousal–sleepiness (vertical). In studies where repeated measurements are required, some participants may exaggerate their mood shifts due to faulty interpretation of the scale or a feeling of social obligation to the experimenter. A new equation is proposed, based on the sinuosity measure in hydrology, a measure of the meandering of rivers. The equation takes into account an individual's presumed tendency to exaggerate and meander to correct the score and reduce outliers. The usefulness of the equation is demonstrated by applying it to Affect Grid data from another study.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherAmmons Scientific
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
ISSN0031-5125
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PrintFeb 2012
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Deposited16 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2466/03.28.PMS.114.1.125-136
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84861404964
Web of Science identifierWOS:000302330100013
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