Date of Award

10-5-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Jackson, Dennis

Keywords

Careless responding, Online surveys, Satisficing, Survey research

Abstract

The current study explored the effects of survey instructions (basic, warning, or feedback) and the physical attractiveness level of a survey administrator (no administrator visible, higher in attractiveness, or lower in attractiveness) on careless responding in online surveys. Undergraduate students (N = 527) were randomly assigned to one of nine experimental conditions and completed a series of online questionnaires regarding personality, attitudes and experiences in University. Three two-way ANOVAs and one two-way ANCOVA were used in this study. Conscientiousness was used as a covariate and the outcome variables included total survey response time, response consistency, response patterns, and self-reported carelessness. The findings indicated that higher levels of conscientiousness were related to lower levels of self-reported carelessness, and that survey instructions and survey administrator attractiveness do have some influence on careless responding indicators.

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