Animal psychophysics; an examination of the field

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Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, 1967 - Psychology - 29 pages
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The essay critically describes the present state of the field of animal psychophysics. The field is divided into studies concerned with behavioral investigation of performance capabilities and studies primarily concerned with sensory physiology. The 'performance' category includes research on thresholds, response bias, and scaling. The 'physiology' category includes production of baseline behavior, correlation of physiological and psychological responses, and simultaneous measurements of physiological and psychophysical functions. The problems discussed include the assumption that performance measures are completely determined by sensory constraints; the pitfalls inherent in direct and indirect methods (including reaction time) of doing scaling work with animals; and the need for application of behavioral paradigms derived from contemporary psychophysics which would permit measurement of performance changes, following physiological maneuvers, in terms of alterations of sensory capabilities and response bias effects. (Author).

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