Title

Touchstat V. 3.00: A New and Improved Monte Carlo Adjunct for the Sequential Touching Task

Document Type

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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