Signal Detection Theory: Definition & Examples


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According to the signal detection theory, which of these is not a factor in detecting a stimulus?

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1. Why were the threshold theories of sensory sensitivity rejected?

2. When especially does stimulus detection require conscious decision-making?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you understand about signal detection theory with these interactive quiz questions. Topics include how a stimulus is detected and the threshold theories of sensory sensitivity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will help you to:

  • Determine when it's most appropriate for stimulus detection to use proper decision-making
  • Understand how that's related to signal detection
  • Identify a possible outcome/outcomes for a stimulus detection test

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of decision-making and how it's connected to signal detection
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding sensory sensitivity
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on signal detection theory

Additional Learning

For more on the interpretations of stimuli, review the lesson entitled Signal Detection Theory: Definition & Examples. These areas of study will be covered in detail:

  • How psychologists considered the ways in which our minds became aware of stimuli
  • Where the theory of signal detection came from
  • What a threshold is
  • An example of the signal detection theory in action