Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.


Introduction to Structural Modeling Using OpenMx

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 2:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Sheraton Ballroom IV

This workshop will introduce the use of the OpenMx Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) package. The workshop will begin with a very brief introduction to the calculation of the covariances of linear combinations and the notions of path analysis. Next will be an introduction to specifying structural models in OpenMx. In contrast to traditional SEM modeling software, OpenMx uses a functional approach to model specification.

Next, we will specify and fit a wide variety of models that will include multiple and multivariate regression, confirmatory factor models, latent growth curves, latent differential equations, moderation models, and multigroup models.

The workshop will be hands-on. It will be assumed that participants that participants are at least somewhat familiar with R and know the basics of SEM. Please bring a laptop with the latest versions of R, "psych", and "OpenMx" packages installed. OpenMx can be installed for free from the OpenMx website

Steven M. Boker

Steven M. Boker
University of Virginia

Michael Neale

Michael Neale
Virginia Commonwealth University

Subject Area: Methodology

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