Psychological Tests

We develop and evaluate psychological tests and questionnaires on the basis of classical test theory and probabilistic test theory. The instruments include knowledge tests for specific domains, computer-based tests of cognitive performance, and questionnaires assessing relevant constructs of social perception. In addition, we use advanced models of item response theory to analyze response tendencies and to test assumptions on the interpretation of different response formats. Another focus of research aims at probabilistic test models for the analysis of change over time and for the evaluation of intervention effects.

  • Research Grants from the German Research Council

    • DFG-Projekt “Vereinbarkeit von Konstruktabdeckung und eindimensionaler statistischer Modellierung durch Item-Response-Theory-Modelle mit lokalen Itemabhängigkeiten und eine Anwendung in der Persönlichkeitspsychologie” [Integration of construct coverage and uni-dimensional item response models with local item dependencies, and an application to personality psychology] (Grant DO 2035/1, 2016–2019).
  • Selected Publications

    • Böckenholt, U. & Meiser, T. (2017). Response style analysis with threshold and multiprocess IRT models: A review and tutorial. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 70, 159–181DOI: 10.1111/bmsp.12086
    • Heckeroth, J. & Boywitt, C. D. (2017). Examining authenticity: An initial exploration of the suitability of handwritten electronic signatures. Forensic Science International, 275, 144–154.
    • Henninger, M., & Meiser, T. (2020a). Different approaches to modeling response styles in divide-by-total item response theory models (Part I): A model integration. Psycholog­ical Methods, 25,560–576. DOI: 10.1037/met0000249
    • Henninger, M., & Meiser, T. (2020b). Different approaches to modeling response styles in divide-by-total item response theory models (Part II): Applications and novel exten­ sions. Psychological Methods, 25,577 595. DOI: 10.1037/met0000268
    • Henninger, M., & Meiser, T. (2023). Quality control: Response style modeling. In R. Tierney, F. Rizvi & K. Ercikan (Eds.), International encyclopedia of education (4th edition, pp. 331–340). Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-818630-5.10041-7
    • Jasper, F. & Wagener, D. (2013). M-PA. Mathematiktest für die Personalauswahl. Göttingen. Hogrefe.
    • Meiser, T., Plieninger, H., & Henninger, M. (2019). IRTree models with ordinal and multi-dimensional decision nodes for response styles and trait-based rating responses. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 72, 501–516. DOI: 10.1111/bmsp.12158
    • Meiser, T., & Steinwascher, M. (2014). Different kinds of interchangeable methods in multitrait-multimethod analysis: A note on the multilevel CFA-MTMM model by Koch et al. (2014). Frontiers in Psychology: Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00615
    • Meiser, T., Steinwascher, M., & Plieninger, H. (2016). Rasch models for measuring change. Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online, 1–8. DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat06384.pub2
    • Plieninger, H. (2016). Mountain or molehill: A simulation study on the impact of response styles. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 77, 32–53.
    • Plieninger, H. & Meiser, T. (2014). Validity of multi-process IRT models for separating content and response styles. Educational and Psychological Measurement. 74, 875–899
    • Reiber, F., Schnuerch, M., & Ulrich, R. (2022). Improving the efficiency of surveys with randomized response models: A sequential approach based on curtailed sampling. Psychological Methods, 27(2), 198–211.
    • Vecchione, M., Dentale, F., Graziano, M., Dufner, M., Wetzel, E., Leckelt, M., & Back, M. D. (2018). An Italian validation of the Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ): Further evidence for a two-dimensional model of grandiose narcissism. Applied Psychology Bulletin, 66(281), 29–37.
    • Wagener, D. (2013). C-PA.Computerwissenstest für die Personalauswahl. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Wetzel, E., & Greiff, S. (2018). The world beyond rating scales. Why we should think more carefully about the response format in questionnaires. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 34, 1–5..  28(12), DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000469