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The University of Southampton
Professional Development

Signal Detection Theory

Target audience: All research staff & PhD students in psychology and related fields (e.g. statistics, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience).

Brief outline: This course will provide an introduction to signal detection theory, and its potential uses in psychology (with examples from visual cognition and memory research).

The first part of the course will include (1) z-scores, (2) assumptions of signal detection theory, (3) reasons for using signal detection theory, (4) calculation of signal detection measures (e.g., d’ and c), (5) examples of applications in visual cognition, (6) practical exercises in calculating and interpreting signal detection measures from experimental response data.

The second part of the course will include (1) the use of confidence ratings in experiments, (2) receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis, (3) reasons for using ROC analysis, (4) examples of applications in memory research, (5) practical exercises in calculating ROC data from experimental response data.

Learning outcomes:

You will learn the basics of signal detection theory and the topics indicated in the Event Description (above), including their theoretical interpretation and calculation for the purposes of research.

Course aims and objectives:

Led by:

Dr Tammy Menneer & Dr Phil Higham

Training dates:

Please check in Staffbook to see if this course is currently running.

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