HPS201/HPS771 Research Methods In Psychology A - Assignment 3

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Question 4

Dr Kumar is interested in the factors that influence an individual’s attention span. He provides a sample of 40 healthy adults with a simple attention span task that measures maximum attention span in seconds (higher scores indicate higher attention span). Dr Kumar also measures the age (in years), average number of hours slept in the previous week, and intelligence (mean 100, higher scores indicate higher intelligence) of each participant.

He then runs three correlation analyses to investigate the association between attention span and age, hours slept and intelligence and obtains the following output:

Based on the above output, rank the factors that are associated with attention span from most relevant to least relevant, with reference to relevant statistical information (2 Marks).

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