Detection-theory analysis of scaling and discrimination tasks: Responses to noxious thermal stimuli
Tan, C.-W., Palmer, S., Martin, D. and Roche, P. (2007) Detection-theory analysis of scaling and discrimination tasks: Responses to noxious thermal stimuli. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 69 (6). pp. 994-1001. ISSN 1943-3921
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03193937
This paper compared two different detection-theory methods of determining the sensitivity to thermal stimuli in the painful range (direct scaling and discrimination). The findings suggest that both methods may be successfully employed in pain research, countering previous criticisms of using discrimination methods for this purpose.