Annotated Links

APA's Guide to FAQs about Find Psychological Tests The American Psychological Association's Science Directorate put together this information on finding both published and unpublished psychological tests including finding information on a particular test, finding a particular type of test, locating a specific test, locating test publishers, purchasing tests, test references, software and scoring services, and background information on the proper use of tests.

Explanation and Examples By Dr. Chong Ho Yu.

French Toast Rorschach Test This entertaining test will help you to determine which type of French Toast you should order when you go to it’s sponsor, the restaurant chain Denny’s. The images are eerily reminiscent of actual Rorschach cards. A fun way to open a discussion on projective tests, test construction, validity and reliability, and more.

Glossary adopted from Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research edited by A. Tashakkori and C. B. Teddlie, (2003).

How Not to Spot Personality Test Fakers Can response times reveal test fakers? Maybe not. This notion was tested in research by Mindy Shoss and Michael Strube and summarized here in Research Digest, September 14, 2011.

Husbands, Rate Your Wives. A psychologist's attempt to improve marriages provides an interesting glimpse into the social norms of the 1930s—and into one of the first scientific matchmaking services. From Time Capsule by Nick Joyce and David B. Baker, APA Monitor on Psychology, May 2008.

I Want You To Know That’ Im Tyrion Lannister The Forer (Barnum) Effect has found a new home: The Internet Quiz. Writer Maria Konnikova suggests that the reason why we are so drawn to these obviously false personality quizzes may have to do with our fascination with the self and our fundamental need to belong. From The New Yorker, May 1, 2014.

Links AmoebaWeb maintained by Douglas Degelman at Vanguard University of Southern California, features an impressive array of links on specific topics in measurement and research methods.

Online Text Chapter 7: Variables, Validity, and Reliability from Christopher L. Heffner's online Research Methods text.

Personality Tests: Can they Identify the Real You? BBC news writer Lucy Ash describes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and what it can --- and can not --- tell us about personality. Includes speculations on the personality type of Madonna, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Donald Trump, the Queen Elizabeth and others.

Psychometric success: Everything you need to pass job selection tests While ultimately this site wants you to buy their products and visit their sponsors, along the way they provide a good overview of how personality and aptitude tests are used in hiring and selection. They also describe and provide briefs samples of the following tests: numerical aptitude, verbal aptitude, abstract reasoning, spatial ability, technical ability, clerical aptitude, and personality.

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. The home page of APA Division 14 includes background information about employment testing including questions to ask before purchasing a test, introductory modules for I-O psychology, Master's and PhD guidelines, graduate training programs, and more. Check out their background information on employment testing, including types of employment tests, statistics on the number of companies using employment tests, test formats and other information related to testing.

Teaching Resources From the University of Sydney.

Teaching Wiki from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology The SIOP Teaching Wiki features sample syllabi, in-class exercises, movies and video clips, case studies, teaching tips, links and more, contributed by other instructors for use in I-O Psychology courses.

Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workplace Investment Professionals This pamphlet, created by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006, provides this overview to help career counselors and development professionals implement good assessment practices and legal standards for hiring, training, and career development of their workforce.

Types of Validity and Reliability The Department of Psychology at Georgetown University maintains this site all about test validity and reliability as well as experimental validity. Also includes a discussion of threats to internal validity and external validity.

Assignments, Exercises, and Activities

Activities Guide: Teaching Ethics in the Introduction to Psychology Course The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) is pleased to announce this new resource for teachers by Ana Ruiz and Judith Warchal of Alvernia University. This 23-page guide presents 17 activities related to ethics for each chapter in a typical Introduction to Psychology text as it integrates the APA Learning Goals and Outcomes for ethics into that course. For each chapter, the activity lists the student learning outcome, instructions for conducting the activity, materials needed, approximate time required, and a method of assessment. Activities most relevant to the personality class include APA Ethics code Jeopardy, Research Methods, Personality Testing, and Debating controversial topics.

The Barnum Effect Pierre Ysewijn created this on-line personality test which gives false feedback. Despite the obviously invalid questions people still rate the feedback as accurate, illustrating the Barnum Effect.

The Barnum Effect Take this test to remind yourself why good personality tests should provide specific feedback...and why horoscopes are so much fun! This online test of 47 questions plus some background demographics gives the appearance of a legitimate personality test. Respondents receive the typical Barnum feedback and rate how accurate it is. The beauty of this on-line version is that students can change some of their answers and see that their description never changes. In the words of Prof. Birnbaum at Fullerton State who developed this page, Self-validation is no validation according to the explanation given here

I Scream, You Scream In this exercise students learn about the importance of validity and reliability by deconstructing the Ice Cream Personality Test. Miserandino, M. (2006). I Scream, You Scream: Teaching Validity and Reliability Via the Ice Cream Personality Test. Teaching Psychology. 33(4), 265-68. Opens in PDF.

Personality Labs: Personality Tests Online Marcia Wehr at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, has put together this extensive on-line course on Personality and Personal Growth. In Lab #4, students explore personality tests on the web and choose three tests to take and assess their validity and reliability.

Validity and Reliability Mark Mitchell and Janina Jolley for the Research Design Explained website provide these materials for students to administer a pencil-and-paper version of the Ice Cream Personality Test to a friend. Based on Miserandino, M. (2006). I scream, you scream: Teaching validity and reliability via the ice cream personality test. Teaching of Psychology, 33, 265-268.

Electronic Texts

Chronback & Meehl (1955) Chronback, L. J. & Meehl, P. E.(1955) Construct Validity in Psychological Tests, Psychological Bulletin, 52, 281-302.

Examples and Illustrations

Forced Ranking: The Poisonous Employee-Ranking System That Helps Explain Microsoft’s Decline Writing for Slate Magazine, Will Oremus, on August 23, 2013 claims that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," in which employees on the same team competed directly with one another for money and promotions. Critics say this rewarded brown-nosing and sabotage

Microsoft's Lost Decade Due to Forced Ranking Appraisal Systems Kurt Eichenwald argues that a forced ranking system may have had negative effects on Microsoft's corporate culture. From Vanity Fair, August 2012.

Stacked (Forced) Ranking From Michael Britt at The Psych Files: Here's a sound byte from an episode of TWIT (This Week in Technology: twit.tv/twit) podcast in which Leo Laporte and John Dvorak discuss the negative effects of a performance appraisal system often called Stacked or Forced ranking. Psychologists refer to scales like this as ordinal scales. From July 15, 2012, show #362. (This audio clip runs 1 minute, 55 seconds).

Lecture Notes

Slide Presentations

Tests, Measures, and Scales

The Barnum Effect Pierre Ysewijn created this on-line personality test which gives false feedback. Despite the obviously invalid questions people still rate the feedback as accurate, illustrating the Barnum Effect.

The Barnum Effect Take this test to remind yourself why good personality tests should provide specific feedback...and why horoscopes are so much fun! This online test of 47 questions plus some background demographics gives the appearance of a legitimate personality test. Respondents receive the typical Barnum feedback and rate how accurate it is. The beauty of this on-line version is that students can change some of their answers and see that their description never changes. In the words of Prof. Birnbaum at Fullerton State who developed this page, Self-validation is no validation according to the explanation given here

Audio and Video

Discovering Psychology: Testing and Intelligence (Program 16) The complete updated series hosted by Philip Zimbardo is available online for streaming in the classroom or for outside of class viewing as well as in DVD format. From the website: This program peers into the field of psychological assessment — the efforts of psychologists and other professionals to assign values to different abilities, behaviors, and personalities. With Dr. Claude Steele of Stanford University and Dr. Robert Sternberg of Yale University. Updated. 30 minutes.

Reliability --- The Foundation of Any Good Personality Test Michael Brit, former professor of psychology, broadcasts a podcast about psychology called The Psych Files. In this video episode (Episode 168), he describes the concept of reliability in a concrete and enjoyable way through the classic, but invalid, Ice Cream Personality Test, the Distorted Tunes Test of musical perception, and a test of Achievement Motivation (runs 12 minutes, 6 seconds).

Stacked (Forced) Ranking From Michael Britt at The Psych Files: Here's a sound byte from an episode of TWIT (This Week in Technology: twit.tv/twit) podcast in which Leo Laporte and John Dvorak discuss the negative effects of a performance appraisal system often called Stacked or Forced ranking. Psychologists refer to scales like this as ordinal scales. From July 15, 2012, show #362. (This audio clip runs 1 minute, 55 seconds).

Validity --- How Can You Tell a Good Test From a Bad One? Michael Brit, former professor of psychology, broadcasts a podcast about psychology called The Psych Files. In this video episode (Episode 169), he describes the concept of validity in a concrete and enjoyable way through the classic, but invalid, Ice Cream Personality Test, the Distorted Tunes Test of musical perception, and others. High validity is what separates the many fun-to-take but essentially meaningless tests you’ll find on the web, and a truly solid test of your personality (runs 14 minutes, 40 seconds).

World's Quickest Personality Test Are you imaginative, analytical, or suspicious? Richard Wiseman describes how to assess your personality via this quick measure. A fun way to introduce personality testing and the importance of validity to your students. (runs 1 minute, 26 seconds).


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