ECE 51100 - Psychophysics

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization(s):

Bioengineering

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective - Special Content

Normally Offered: Each Fall

Requisites:
Must be enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate classification.

Catalog Description:
Psychophysics is the quantitative study of the relationship between a physical stimulus and perception. This course focuses on the theory and practice of assessing human performance in terms of detection, discrimination, reconstruction and identification of physical events. Furthermore, it discusses mathematical and computational modeling of the underlying psychological mechanisms. Course material is presented in the context of visual, auditory, and haptic human-machine interfaces. The laboratory component of the course enables the students to practice designing, implementing and conducting psychophysical experiments.

Required Text(s):
  1. Detection Theory: A User's Guide, 2nd Edition, N. A. Macmillan & C. D. Creelman, Cambridge University Press, ISBN No. 0-8058-4230-6.
Recommended Text(s):
  1. Detection Theory: A User's Guide, 1st Edition, N. A. Macmillan & C. D. Creelman, Cambridge University Press, ISBN No. 0-521-36359-4.
  2. Psychophysics: Method, Theory, and Application, 2nd Edition, G. A. Gescheider, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, ISBN No. 0-89859-375-1.

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topics
0.5 Introduction: Psychophysics in a Nutshell
2 Fechnerian Psychophysics
0.5 Signal Detection Theory
1.5 One-interval Paradigms
0.5 Rating Experiment
1.5 Two-interval Paradigms
0.5 Adaptive Methods
1 Introduction to Information Theory
2 Absolute Identification Paradigm
1 Speed-accuracy Tradeoff
2 Perception as Inverse Problems
1 Multidimensional Scaling
1 Student Project Presentations