Aspects of the design and analysis of signal-detection experiments

C. Robertson, B.J.T. Morgan

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Presents guidelines for users of the simple Yes/No signal detection experiment who want to design their experiments to ensure a given precision for estimators of d. Additionally, simulations of small-scale Yes/No and rating-method experiments are employed to investigate when the use of asymptotic results is justified. The way in which the pay-off matrix for the Yes/No experiment may be manipulated to optimize precision is demonstrated. Large experiments may be needed to provide precise unbiased estimation of d, with sampling distributions that are not appreciably skewed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1990


  • experimental design
  • signal detection
  • perception


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