RE: How `awful' is `awful,' and is my `awful' the same as yours?"

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 12:49:24 MDT

Chris Rasch wrote,
> Subject: SOC: How `awful' is `awful,' and is my `awful' the same as
> yours?"
> N.Y. Times
> January 2, 2001
> Researcher Challenges a Host of Psychological Studies

This is basic statistical and measurement technique. However, the author is
right that these basic methods are screwed up much of the time, even by

One of the issues with this question is whether the problem even exists. It
may or may not be true that people use radically different self-rating
scales when asked to rate their internal feelings on a scale from 1 to 10.
They might be radically different, which would invalidate much research, or
they might be radically similar, which would not invalidate much research.
There is a real possibility of a problem here, but it is not confirmed.

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Mon May 28 2001 - 10:00:01 MDT