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Applied Multiple Regression/Correlation Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences, 3rd Edition by Leona S. Aiken, Stephen G. West, Patricia Cohen, Jacob Cohen

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7

Interactions Among Continuous Variables

7.1 INTRODUCTION

In this chapter we extend MR analysis to interactions among continuous predictors. By interactions we mean an interplay among predictors that produces an effect on the outcome Y that is different from the sum of the effects of the individual predictors. Many theories in the social sciences hypothesize that two or more continuous variables interact; it is safe to say that the testing of interactions is at the very heart of theory testing in the social sciences. Consider as an example how ability (X) and motivation (Z) impact achievement in graduate school (Y). One possibility is that their effects are additive. The combined impact of ability and motivation on achievement equals the sum ...

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