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ERIC Number: EJ754565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Feature Sampling in Detection: Implications for the Measurement of Perceptual Independence
Macho, Siegfried
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v136 n1 p133-153 Feb 2007
The article presents the feature sampling signal detection (FS-SDT) model, an extension of the multivariate signal detection (SDT) model. The FS-SDT model assumes that, because of attentional shifts, different subsets of features are sampled for different presentations of the same multidimensional stimulus. Contrary to the SDT model, the FS-SDT model enables the estimation of pure perceptual effects that are uncontaminated by strategic attention shifts. The consideration of feature sampling in detection and identification opens a new perspective on the problem of measuring, respectively, the separability and integrality of stimulus dimensions. Disregarding feature sampling as a component process in detection and identification usually results in biased estimations of perceptual independence concepts relevant for judgments of whether stimulus dimensions are processed independently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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