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Barratt Impulsiveness Scale Version 11 (BIS-11) Survey Responses, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (ICPSR 35007)

Principal Investigator(s): Coutlee, Christopher, Duke University. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Huettel, Scott, Duke University. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Hoyle, Rick, Duke University. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Politzer, Cary, Duke University. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


Impulsiveness is a personality trait that reflects an urge to act spontaneously, without thinking or planning ahead for the consequences of your actions. High impulsiveness is characteristic of a variety of problematic behaviors including attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, excessive gambling, risk-taking, drug use, and alcoholism. Researchers studying attention and self-control often assess impulsiveness using personality questionnaires, notably the common Barratt Impulsiveness Scale version 11 (BIS-11; last revised in 1995). Advances in techniques for producing personality questionnaires over the last 20 years prompted us to revise and improve the BIS-11. We sought to make the revised scale shorter -- so that it would be quicker to administer -- and better matched to current behaviors. We analyzed responses from 1549 adults who took the BIS-11 questionnaire. Using a statistical technique called factor analysis, we eliminated 17 questions that did a poor job of measuring the three major types of impulsiveness identified by the scale: inattention, spontaneous action, and lack of planning. We constructed our ABbreviated Impulsiveness Scale (ABIS) using the remaining 13 questions. We showed that the ABIS performed well when administered to additional groups of 657 and 285 adults. Finally, we showed expected relationships between the ABIS and other personality measurements related to impulsiveness, and showed that the ABIS can help predict alcohol consumption. We present the ABIS as a useful and efficient tool for researchers interested in measuring impulsive personality.

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Study Description


Coutlee, Christopher, Scott Huettel, Rick Hoyle, and Cary Politzer. Barratt Impulsiveness Scale Version 11 (BIS-11) Survey Responses, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. ICPSR35007-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-02-11.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA023026)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NS041328)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    personal adjustment, personality, personality assessment, psychological evaluation, statistical models

Geographic Coverage:    Durham, North Carolina, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008--2011
  • 2010--2013
  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-03-19--2011-07-14
  • 2010-09--2013-05
  • 2012-02

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Population of Durham NC and Duke University Adults (S1 and S2) and Amazon Mechanical Turk Users (S3) willing to participate in psychological personality research for small monetary compensation.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data and documentation for this collection (in MS Word and comma separated value (csv) format) are contained in a zipped package.


Sample:    Subjects self-selected into the study by responding to advertisements for the research project, and were compensated $10-$20/hour for participation.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    on-site questionnaire, web-based survey

Response Rates:    100 percent

Presence of Common Scales:    Barratt Impulsiveness Scale 11 (included in codebook)


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-02-11


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