Mental imagery during daily life: Psychometric evaluation of the spontaneous use of imagery scale (SUIS)

Sabine Nelis*, Emily A. Holmes, James W. Griffith, Filip Raes

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Abstract

The Spontaneous Use of Imagery Scale (SUIS) is used to measure the tendency to use visual mental imagery in daily life. Its psychometric properties were evaluated in three independent samples (total N = 1297). We evaluated the internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the questionnaire. We also examined the structure of the items using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Moreover, correlations with other imagery questionnaires provided evidence about convergent validity. The SUIS had acceptable reliability and convergent validity. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a unidimensional structure fit the data, suggesting that the SUIS indeed measures a general use of mental imagery in daily life. Future research can further investigate and improve the psychometric properties of the SUIS. Moreover, the SUIS could be useful to determine how imagery relates to e.g. psychopathology. Copyright:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages14
JournalPsychologica Belgica
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Factor analysis
  • Mental imagery
  • Questionnaire
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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