Signal Detection: Mechanisms, Models, and Applications

Signal Detection: Mechanisms, Models, and Applications

Signal Detection: Mechanisms, Models, and Applications

Signal Detection: Mechanisms, Models, and Applications

Synopsis

This volume is based on the 10th annual Harvard Symposium for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior. The first Harvard Symposium was devoted to signal-detection analyses of reinforcement and choice behavior. The present volume reprises the original signal- detection theme, incorporating additional insights based on experimental and theoretical analyses undertaken during the years separating the two conferences.

This collection illustrates how signal-detection theory, first advanced to account for performance in threshold-level sensory discrimination, has broadened to encompass a variety of psychological problems involving discriminations between confusable stimuli. The approach is quantitative in its emphasis on estimation of independent parameters of the discrimination process, and analytical in its efforts to separate the determiners of discriminability and bias and to identify the mechanisms of their operation. Above all, the book is broadly integrative in its approach to diverse problems. This volume is based on the 10th annual Harvard Symposium for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior. The first Harvard Symposium was devoted to signal-detection analyses of reinforcement and choice behavior. The present volume reprises the original signal- detection theme, incorporating additional insights based on experimental and theoretical analyses undertaken during the years separating the two conferences.

Excerpt

The present volume is the 11th in the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior series. We continue to seek topics in the analysis of individual behavior that yield theoretical formulations at a level of rigor and generality beyond the narrowly descriptive.

The contents of the present volume were first prepared for and presented at the Tenth Symposium on Quantitative Analyses of Behavior held at Harvard: Signal Detection, on June 12-13, 1987. Subsequent revision and expansion of the papers resulted in a text relating to issues of signal detection.

The symposium was organized by the editors and supported in part by the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, the Dare Association, Inc., and the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

We owe thanks for the local arrangements to Rebecca M. Young, Patrice M. Miller, and Dean Gallant, with assistance from Maria Agnes Broderick, Jan Ellis, Dorothy Emerson, Tina A. Grotzer, Patricia McCallum, Jennifer Parker, Joseph A. Rodriguez, and Sharon Anne Stein. For help in reviewing the chapters for stylistic and organizational improvements, we thank the staff of the Dare Institute.

Michael L. Commons
Harvard Medical School . . .

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