Importing Inquisit data files into SPSS

Data file

Importing the data file

  • File > Read Text Data …
  • Files of type: Data (*.dat)
  • Find your data file > Open
  • Step 1 of 6 > Leave everything as it is by default > Next
  • Step 2 of 6 > Are variable names included at the top of your file > Yes > Next
  • Step 3 of 6 > Leave everything as it is by default > Next
  • Step 4 of 6 > Make sure only Tab is selected, nothing else > Next
  • Step 5 of 6 > Here you tell SPSS what kind of values are in every column (or variable). SPSS will try to detect this automatically based on the first twenty lines in the file. However, sometimes the type of values changes in a column further down the file, for instance if some responses are strings (words/letters) and others are numeric. Check whether SPSS guessed correctly, and change it accordingly if necessary. Also make sure blockcode and trialcode are set to enough characters to contain the full names that you gave to all block and trial attributes. > Next
  • Step 6 of 6 > If you work with a syntax file, select paste the syntax, otherwise > Finish

Organizing your data; Split it into different datasets

Towards one line per subject: Restructuring your data

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