I’m having difficulty formatting the .txt file output from Superlab to be compatible with SPSS. The participant’s response (e.g., “agree”) and reaction time are in the same row in the output file. When transposed to format the data for SPSS compatibility, the participant input & reaction time wind up in a single column. SPSS requires each column be a single variable. In this case, the column winds up containing two variables (participant input & reaction time).
Someone else posted the same question on this forum: “import file superlab in spss, Posted May 14th, 2008”. Is the only solution to write unix-style code to move the data around? If so, how does that deal with “participant errors”? I used macros in excel to move the data around to a compatible format, but had trouble when participant errors are included in the data. Superlab records all errors and reaction times; therefore, if the participant made an error (selected “f” instead of 1-5 of the presented scale), it is recorded and then the correct answer is recorded as well. This participant’s data winds up being a much longer string in the .txt file, and the macro/unix-code will wind up moving the wrong data points.
I would be very surprised if only one other person is having SPSS comptibility issues. Please let me know how you have dealt with this problem in your data. Thanks!