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From: Francesca S. Alcorn (
Date: Mon 08 Mar 2004 - 22:26:23 GMT

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    >Does anyone know of a decent review article that addresses people's
    >behaviour when filling in psychometric tests? (i.e. the way they
    >might try to guess what the right sort of answer might be instead of
    >answering honestly, and perhaps arms race style counter-tactics by
    >various designers such as repeating the question with a different
    >Cheers, Chris.

    I was hoping someone else would help you out with this because I am trying to remember stuff I learned in class over 10 years ago. But IIRC some of this stuff ought to give you a place to start.

    You might want to start with the term "face validity": the extent to which an assessment instrument subjectively appears to be measuring what it is supposed to measure. It is sometimes desirable in a test since it gives the test taker more confidence in the results. Tests with low face validity are harder to anticipate "correct" answers.

    The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) has a subscale called the social compliance(?) subscale in which they give you questions and if you give the socially appropriate (try to guess the "right" answer) response instead of the less-socially acceptable but-more-likely honest response then you rate high on that subscale and they take it into acoount when interpreting the rest of your scores. Sorry I don't know of any good review article but that ought to give you a start. Pretty sure the MMPI has been used alot in employment testing.


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