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Colloquium Series

Departmental Colloquium Series

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

October

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

Speaker: Richard Zinbarg, Northwestern University 

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

About Richard Zinbarg

December

Friday, December 10th, 2021, 3:15 pm

Speaker: Dani Bassett, University of Pennsylvania

Topic: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Location: LIVE via zoom

About Dani Bassett

February

Friday, February 11th, 2022, 3:15 pm

Speaker: Onnie Rogers, Northwestern University

Topic: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Location: TBA

About Onnie Rogers

March

Friday, March 11th, 2022, 3:15 pm

Speaker: Dr. Shakira Suglia, Rollins School of Public Health

Topic: TBA

Abstract:TBA

Location: TBA

About Dr.Shakira Suglia

April

Friday, April 8th, 2022, 3:15pm

Speaker: Nadia Brashier, Purdue University

Topic: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Location: TBA

About Nadia Brashier

June

Friday, June 3rd, 2022, 3:15 pm

Speaker: Elaine Walker, Emory University

Topic: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Location: TBA

About Elaine Walker

 

 

 

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