The text component group is a discrete component group for the management of text items that form stimulus components (or that form part of more complex component groups or components). Each text item can be associated with factors and levels and can be formatted and manipulated via variables. The screen contains a section on the left hand side for managing text items and a section on the right hand side for managing variables. The splitter (Figure 1) can be dragged to to allow customization of the screen layout, and the button on the top of the splitter expands and collapses the panel.
Figure 1. Discrete component group screen splitter
Adding text items
Text items can be imported from a CSV file by clicking Import. We recommend creating your text items in a spreadsheet (Figure 1) and saving them as CSV files rather than creating them by hand. The CSV files should be in the following format:
- Header row with a single column
Component (case insensitive).
- One row for each text item.
Figure 1. Example text item spreadsheet
Adding text items with factors and levels
Text items can also be imported along with their factors and levels from a CSV file which both associates the items themselves with their corresponding factors and levels and populates the study factors and levels (at the study tree root) if they do not already exist. The CSV files should be in the following format:
- Header row with a column
Component (case insensitive) and a column for each relevant factor
- One row for each text item with the text itself in the component column and the relevant levels in their corresponding factor columns.
As shown below (Figure 2), we have two factors:
Goodness has two levels:
Word Category has three levels:
Thing level shown here).
Figure 2. Example text item spreadsheet with factors and levels
Removing text items
Text items can be removed by selecting the item using the checkbox and clicking Delete in the toolbar above the text items table. You can also select and delete multiple items at once.
Reordering text items
The order of text items can be changed by dragging and dropping.
Text component variables
Psychstudio is capable of powerful text manipulation with variables. See manipulating text with variables for a full rundown.
Associating levels with a text item
Levels can be associated with a text item by selecting them from the
Levels dropdown list (Figure 3) and clicking Save. Alternatively, the Associating levels with multiple text items method below can also be used.
Figure 3. Associating levels with a text item
Associating levels with multiple text items
can be associated with one or more text items by first selecting the items (using their respective checkboxes) and then selecting Add levels
in the toolbar above the text items table.
Dissociating levels from a text item
can be dissociated from a text item by clicking the
on their label (Figure 3) and clicking Save
. Alternatively, the Dissociating levels from multiple text items
method below can also be used.
Dissociating levels from multiple text items
Levels can be dissociated from one or more text items by first selecting the items (using their respective checkboxes) and then selecting Remove levels in the toolbar above the text items table.