CONFORMITY TO EXPERIMENTER-DETERMINED, PAY-OFF ENFORCED, CRITERION LEVELS IN THE METHOD OF RANDOM STAIRCASES.
PSYCHOPHYSICS LAB UNIV OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE
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Outcome structures are incorporated into the method of random, yes-no staircases. Results obtained from subjects paid to meet arbitrary criteria are compared with ordinary determinations of limens for intensive increments of white noise above a constant background of white noise. It is demonstrated that a subject can reliably exhibit a variety of arbitrarily determined thresholds when appropriate pay-off contingencies are introduced. Author