Assessing the Validity of Subjective Reports in the Auditory Streaming Paradigm

Farkas, Dávid and Denham, Susan L. and Bendixen, Alexandra and Winkler, István (2016) Assessing the Validity of Subjective Reports in the Auditory Streaming Paradigm. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139 (4). pp. 1762-1772. ISSN 0001-4966


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Here, we tested three possible biasing effects on perceptual reports in the auditory streaming paradigm: errors due to imperfect understanding of the instructions, voluntary perceptual biasing, and susceptibility to implicit expectations. 1) Analysis of the responses to catch trials separately promoting each of the possible percepts allowed us to exclude participants who likely have not fully understood the instructions. 2) Explicit biasing instructions led to markedly different behavior than the conventional neutral-instruction condition, suggesting that listeners did not voluntarily bias their perception in a systematic way under the neutral instructions. Comparison with a random response condition further supported this conclusion. 3) No significant relationship was found between social desirability, a scale-based measure of susceptibility to implicit social expectations, and any of the perceptual measures extracted from the subjective reports. This suggests that listeners did not significantly bias their perceptual reports due to possible implicit expectations present in the experimental context. In sum, these results suggest that valid perceptual data can be obtained from subjective reports in the auditory streaming paradigm.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
Q Science / természettudomány > Q1 Science (General) / természettudomány általában
Depositing User: Dávid Farkas
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 11:58
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 11:58

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