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Psychology Colloquium Series- Speaker: Richard Zinbarg, Northwestern University

When: Friday, October 8, 2021
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Bahar Cimic  

Group: Department of Psychology

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


During the academic year, the department of psychology invites respected scholars to give lectures on research and theory in contemporary psychology. Please see the schedule below for more details and room locations. All are welcome to attend and engage with the Northwestern Psychology Community.

*Currently colloquiums are being held both via zoom & in-person, presentations are on Friday afternoons, 3:15pm to 4:30pm CST

Friday, October 8th, 2021, 3:15pm

Topic: Precision of measurement of a mulit-item scale: Conventional wisdom (Cronbach’s alpha) and beyond (omega_hierarchical)

Abstract:When interested in estimating the proportion of scale variance due to a latent variable common to all of a scale’s indicators, the vast majority of applied researchers believe that Cronbach’s alpha is the index of choice. Whereas many methodologists are aware of problems with using Cronbach’s alpha for this purpose, few seem to be aware that there is a better alternative to Cronbach’s alpha. In this talk, I will discuss the importance of the proportion of scale variance due to a latent variable common to all of a scale’s indicators and the central problem with Cronbach’s alpha for estimating this important parameter. In addition, an alternative to Cronbach’s alpha - coefficient omegahierarchical – will be introduced and shown to overcome the positive bias often inherent in Cronbach’s alpha. Finally, I will present the results of simulations testing the accuracy of several different methods for estimating omegahierarchical and conclude with recommendations regarding how to estimate omega hierarchical.

Location: LIVE via zoom

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