A comparison of adaptive psychometric procedures based on the theory of optimal experiments and bayesian techniques: implications for cochlear implant testing.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Numerous previous studies have focused on the development of quick and efficient adaptive psychometric procedures. In psychophysics, there is often a model of the psychometric function supported by previous studies for the task of interest. The theory of optimal experiments provides a framework for utilizing a model of the process to develop quick and efficient sequential-testing strategies for estimating model parameters, making it appropriate for developing adaptive psychophysical-testing methods. In this study, we investigated the application of sequential parameter search strategies based on the theory of optimal experiments and Bayesian adaptive procedures for measuring psychophysical variables. The results presented in this article suggest that more sophisticated psychometric procedures can expedite the measurement of psychophysical variables. Such techniques for quickly collecting psychophysical data may be particularly useful in cochlear implant research, where a large set of psychophysical variables are useful for characterizing the performance of an implanted device. It is to be hoped that further development of these techniques will make psychophysical measurements available to clinicians for tuning and optimizing the speech processors of individual cochlear implant patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Remus, JJ; Collins, LM

Published Date

  • April 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 323

PubMed ID

  • 17672419

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5962

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-5117

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3758/bf03193752


  • eng