What is it about?

Attention checks are widely used in surveys. Because they can induce a more deliberative mindset in survey respondents, they may change the way respondents answer survey questions, posing a threat to scale validity (i.e. how accurate people's responses are). Fortunately, our results showed no evidence that they affect scale validity in different tests across two types of attention checks.

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Why is it important?

Because attention checks are widely used, the potential of their threat to scale validity is critical. These findings showing that attention checks are not a treat. This allows researchers to justify the use of attention checks and advances our use and understanding of survey methods.

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This page is a summary of: Are Attention Check Questions a Threat to Scale Validity?, Applied Psychology, August 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/apps.12108.
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