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Loop - having the first call fixed, subsequent calls in random

My title might be a little confusing, but I did't know how to phrase any better.

I'm programming a memory experiment and I want my primacy words to be the same for all participants, however, all subsequent words should appear in randomized order. I have my list of words in a loop and order set to random. However, I would like to present to all subjects the same primacy words. Is there any way to do this without creating a seperate loop structure for my primacy words???

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this question has already been answered!

Best regards,

Florian

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  • Hi Florian,

    That's an interesting scenario.

    >  Is there any way to do this without creating a seperate loop structure for my primacy words???

    My first suggestion would be to do exactly that: Create a separate loop for the primacy words (with only 1 cycle) and for the non-primacy words, and then use the same sequence inside both loops (i.e. linked copies). I suppose there are other ways to accomplish the same thing, but I don't see the advantage of doing that. Why wouldn't this solution be acceptable?

    Cheers!

    Sebastiaan

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  • Hi Sebastiann,

    thanks for your answer. I was just interested whether there was a more easy way to do it, but I hadn't thought about linked copies before.

    Cheers!

    Florian

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