For decades, psychometricans have measured non-cognitive constructs with little attention paid to the underlying cognitive processes of response. Previous advancement in psychometrics suggests that traditional cognitive oriented approaches may, in fact, yield construct deficiency and spurious results when applied to non-cognitive measurement. This thesis highlights the importance of specifying an ideal point response process for non-cognitive measurement and empirically demonstrates that an ideal point response processes undergirds self-reported personality and attitude measurement. Furthermore, this thesis also advances current understanding on the limitations of ideal point assumptions by exploring the moderating effects of various individual differences in motivation and ability.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Sciences
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Lapalme, Matthew, "More is not always better: Unpacking the cognitive process underlying introspective psychological measurement" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 5030.