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Touchstat V. 3.00: A New and Improved Monte Carlo Adjunct for the Sequential Touching Task
Behavior Research Methods
  • Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., East Tennessee State University
  • Robert M. Price, East Tennessee State University
  • Michael Watkins, Mt. Gilead
  • Christine Brink, Medical University of Ohio
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Article
Publication Date
8-1-2007
Description

The sequential-touching procedure is employed by researchers studying nonlinguistic categorization in toddlers. TouchStat 3.00 is introduced in this article as an adjunct to the sequential-touching procedure, allowing researchers to compare children’s actual touching behavior to what might be expected by chance. Advantages over the Thomas and Dahlin (2000) framework include ease of use, and fewer assumptive limitations. Improvements over TouchStat 1.00 include calculation of chance probabilities for multiple “special cases” and for immediate intercategory alternations. A new feature for calculating mean run length is also included.

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Citation Information
Wallace E. Dixon, Robert M. Price, Michael Watkins and Christine Brink. "Touchstat V. 3.00: A New and Improved Monte Carlo Adjunct for the Sequential Touching Task" Behavior Research Methods Vol. 39 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 407 - 414 ISSN: 1554-3528
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wallace-dixon/35/