Understanding moderation is one of those topics in statistics that is so much harder than it needs to be.
Here are three suggestions to make it just a little easier.
1. Realize that moderation just means an interaction
I have spoken with a number of researchers who are surprised to learn that moderation is just another term for interaction.
Perhaps it’s because moderation often appears with discussions of mediation. Or because we tend to think of interaction as being part of ANOVA, but not regression.
In any case, both an interaction and moderation mean the same thing: the effect of one predictor on a response variable is different at different values of the second predictor. [Read more…] about 3 Tips to Make Interpreting Moderation Effects Easier