This question relates to the same analysis that I posted about yesterday, but the question is different, so I have started a new entry.
I have conducted a moderation analysis by entering continuous independent variable X, continuous moderator M, both centered to their means, and the product of the two (X.M, interaction factor) into a simultaneous regression model, which was significant. The regression coefficient for interaction term X*M is significant (but has an opposite sign to the main effects). The dependent variable is Y.
The following simple slopes were plotted, regressing Y on X at high (+1SD) and low (-1SD) levels of M (please ignore the "medium" slope):
The unstandardized slopes for high M=0.027 (SE=0.2) and for low M=0.135 (SE=0.901) (neither is statistically significant, but that is the topic of the other question).
My question now is this:
From the figure, it is obvious that for the plotted values, the value of Y for a given value of X is higher at high M than it is at low M. However, the slope of low M is greater than for high M. How should this be interpreted? "X was predictive of higher levels of Y at high M than at low M"? Or "The effect of M on the relationship between X and Y was greater at lower levels of M than lower levels of M?"
Thanks in advance!