Problem set 4

I encourage you to work in teams for this problem set.

Submission information: please submit on ZoneCours

following the naming convention PS4-studentid.extension where studentid is replaced with your student ID and extension is the file extension (e.g., .pdf, .R, .Rmd, .sps)

Instructions: We consider data collected for Study 3 of Grossmann & Kross (2014) (click the links to download the paper and the Supplementary material). You can access these data directly from R from the hecedsm package or download the SPSS data.

The purpose of the exercise is to reproduce part of Table S4 of the Supplementary material. We will compute linear contrasts and adjust the resulting comparisons to account for multiple testing.1

We will fit one-way ANOVA model for each of the four response (compr,limits,persp and change) and for each age group separately. Thus, we will have four contrasts for each of the eight models (one per outcome and age group). The size of the family, assuming the global \(F\)-tests are not of interest, is thus \(m=32\).

Use the helper code to get started. Don’t be intimidated: this task will involve a lot of copy-pasting. Fill the helper file code by replacing the #TODO statements and reach out for help if you are stuck.

  1. Determine the contrast vectors (i.e., the weights) for the four hypothesis tests outlined in Grossmann & Kross (2014).
  2. Compute the contrasts in the pre-planned comparisons reported in Table S4. Check whether these match the reported values.2
  3. Using the helper code, obtain adjusted p-values using Bonferroni’s method and compare them to (a) the raw p-values and (b) the Bonferroni-Holm adjusted p-values. How many of the planned comparisons are significant at level \(\alpha=0.05\) if you modify the p-values?
  4. Another way to present the results of the two-sided t-test for contrasts is to report confidence intervals rather than p-values. Which interval would be the largest between (a) an unadjusted confidence interval and (b) one derived using Bonferroni’s method? Justify your answer.3


Grossmann, I., & Kross, E. (2014). Exploring Solomon’s paradox: Self-distancing eliminates the self-other asymmetry in wise reasoning about close relationships in younger and older adults. Psychological Science, 25(8), 1571–1580.


  1. Technical aside: there are four correlated outcome variables, so this is technically a multivariate problem. ↩︎

  2. The sign may be different from the paper depending on how you set up the contrasts, but the \(p\)-values should be the same.↩︎

  3. Hint: Bonferroni’s method amounts to making the tests at level \(\alpha/m\). Try modifying the level in the code for the confidence intervals to see which is largest.↩︎