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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(10), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8100097

Test–Retest Reliability of a Social Interaction Task

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Laboratory of Psychophysiology of Individual Differences, Institute of Physiology and Basic Medicine, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
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Humanitarian Institute, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
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Laboratory of Psychological Genetics, Institute of Cytology and Genetics of SBRAS, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
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Received: 26 September 2018 / Revised: 16 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 22 October 2018
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Abstract

Accurate repeatability of experimental data is the basis of professional scientific research. In this study we analyzed three consecutive experiments: The subjects had to complete a questionnaire three times under similar conditions within a 2–3 week interval to ensure reproducibility of the original data from experiment to experiment, using the method of test–retest reliability. Absolute reliability was assessed by the standard error of measurement (SEM) and smallest real difference (SRD). The relative reliability was estimated by calculating the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC3,1) (average measures) and the results demonstrate almost perfect agreement. The social interaction model was applied for organization of the experimental study. In this virtual model, the participants had to choose one of three types of reactions (i.e., attacking, avoiding, or friendly) to stimuli-facial expressions (i.e., angry, fearful, sad, neutral, and happy). The results show significant correlation between personal characteristics and social interactions. The results of the influence of such personal characteristics as agreeableness, collectivism, extraversion, neuroticism, and those shown on the Relational-interdependent Self-Construal Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory are highly consistent with other researchers’ data and common sense. View Full-Text
Keywords: social interactions; personality; test–retest reliability social interactions; personality; test–retest reliability
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Merkulova, E.; Savostyanov, A.; Bocharov, A.; Proshina, E.; Knyazev, G. Test–Retest Reliability of a Social Interaction Task. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 97.

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