Signal Detection Theory Quiz

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What is one reason why human perception is not perfect?

Human perception is inherently noisy

What is an example of external noise that can hinder perception?

Mistaking a lorry for a bus

Which of the following best describes the concept of signal detection theory?

The theory that human perception is influenced by internal and external noise

What is the term used in the text to describe the noise occurring inside the visual system?

Internal noise

What is an example of perceiving something that was not there, as mentioned in the text?

Perceiving a phone ringing when it's not

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Human Perception Limitations

  • One reason human perception is not perfect is because it can be influenced by various factors, making it prone to errors.

External Noise

  • An example of external noise that can hinder perception is environmental distractions, such as loud background noise or bright lights.

Signal Detection Theory

  • Signal detection theory refers to the process of distinguishing between real and imagined stimuli, where the brain tries to separate the signal (real stimulus) from the noise (background stimuli).

Internal Noise

  • The term used to describe the noise occurring inside the visual system is neural noise.

False Perceptions

  • An example of perceiving something that was not there is seeing a pattern or shape in a random arrangement of dots, also known as pareidolia.

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