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Journal of Mathematical Psychology

Quentin F Gronau, Alexandra Sarafoglou, Dora Matzke, Alexander Ly, Udo Boehm, Maarten Marsman, David S Leslie, Jonathan J Forster, Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Helen Steingroever
The marginal likelihood plays an important role in many areas of Bayesian statistics such as parameter estimation, model comparison, and model averaging. In most applications, however, the marginal likelihood is not analytically tractable and must be approximated using numerical methods. Here we provide a tutorial on bridge sampling (Bennett, 1976; Meng & Wong, 1996), a reliable and relatively straightforward sampling method that allows researchers to obtain the marginal likelihood for models of varying complexity...
December 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Clintin P Davis-Stober, Nicholas Brown, Sanghyuk Park, Michel Regenwetter
The selective integration model of Tsetsos et al. (2016a) is a biologically motivated computational framework that aims to model intransitive preference and choice. Tsetsos et al. (2016a) concluded that a noisy system can lead to violations of transitivity in otherwise rational agents optimizing a task. We show how their model can be interpreted from a Fechnerian perspective and within a random utility framework. Specifically, we spell out the connection between the selective integration model and two probabilistic models of transitive preference, weak stochastic transitivity and the triangle inequalities, tested by Tsetsos et al...
April 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Vaibhav Srivastava, Samuel F Feng, Jonathan D Cohen, Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Amitai Shenhav
Research in psychology and neuroscience has successfully modeled decision making as a process of noisy evidence accumulation to a decision bound. While there are several variants and implementations of this idea, the majority of these models make use of a noisy accumulation between two absorbing boundaries. A common assumption of these models is that decision parameters, e.g., the rate of accumulation (drift rate), remain fixed over the course of a decision, allowing the derivation of analytic formulas for the probabilities of hitting the upper or lower decision threshold, and the mean decision time...
April 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Sobanawartiny Wijeakumar, Joseph P Ambrose, John P Spencer, Rodica Curtu
A fundamental challenge in cognitive neuroscience is to develop theoretical frameworks that effectively span the gap between brain and behavior, between neuroscience and psychology. Here, we attempt to bridge this divide by formalizing an integrative cognitive neuroscience approach using dynamic field theory (DFT). We begin by providing an overview of how DFT seeks to understand the neural population dynamics that underlie cognitive processes through previous applications and comparisons to other modeling approaches...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Michael D Nunez, Joachim Vandekerckhove, Ramesh Srinivasan
Perceptual decision making can be accounted for by drift-diffusion models, a class of decision-making models that assume a stochastic accumulation of evidence on each trial. Fitting response time and accuracy to a drift-diffusion model produces evidence accumulation rate and non-decision time parameter estimates that reflect cognitive processes. Our goal is to elucidate the effect of attention on visual decision making. In this study, we show that measures of attention obtained from simultaneous EEG recordings can explain per-trial evidence accumulation rates and perceptual preprocessing times during a visual decision making task...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Braden A Purcell, Thomas J Palmeri
Accumulator models explain decision-making as an accumulation of evidence to a response threshold. Specific model parameters are associated with specific model mechanisms, such as the time when accumulation begins, the average rate of evidence accumulation, and the threshold. These mechanisms determine both the within-trial dynamics of evidence accumulation and the predicted behavior. Cognitive modelers usually infer what mechanisms vary during decision-making by seeing what parameters vary when a model is fitted to observed behavior...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Rafal Bogacz
This paper provides an easy to follow tutorial on the free-energy framework for modelling perception developed by Friston, which extends the predictive coding model of Rao and Ballard. These models assume that the sensory cortex infers the most likely values of attributes or features of sensory stimuli from the noisy inputs encoding the stimuli. Remarkably, these models describe how this inference could be implemented in a network of very simple computational elements, suggesting that this inference could be performed by biological networks of neurons...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Linda Henriksson, Kendrick Kay, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
Studies of the primate visual system have begun to test a wide range of complex computational object-vision models. Realistic models have many parameters, which in practice cannot be fitted using the limited amounts of brain-activity data typically available. Task performance optimization (e.g. using backpropagation to train neural networks) provides major constraints for fitting parameters and discovering nonlinear representational features appropriate for the task (e.g. object classification). Model representations can be compared to brain representations in terms of the representational dissimilarities they predict for an image set...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Paul M B Vitányi, Nick Chater
Within psychology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence, there has been increasing interest in the proposal that the brain builds probabilistic models of sensory and linguistic input: that is, to infer a probabilistic model from a sample. The practical problems of such inference are substantial: the brain has limited data and restricted computational resources. But there is a more fundamental question: is the problem of inferring a probabilistic model from a sample possible even in principle? We explore this question and find some surprisingly positive and general results...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Michael S Pratte, Frank Tong
The development of mathematical models to characterize perceptual and cognitive processes dates back almost to the inception of the field of psychology. Since the 1990s, human functional neuroimaging has provided for rapid empirical and theoretical advances across a variety of domains in cognitive neuroscience. In more recent work, formal modeling and neuroimaging approaches are being successfully combined, often producing models with a level of specificity and rigor that would not have been possible by studying behavior alone...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Chelsea Voskuilen, Roger Ratcliff, Philip L Smith
Optimality studies and studies of decision-making in monkeys have been used to support a model in which the decision boundaries used to evaluate evidence collapse over time. This article investigates whether a diffusion model with collapsing boundaries provides a better account of human data than a model with fixed boundaries. We compared the models using data from four new numerosity discrimination experiments and two previously published motion discrimination experiments. When model selection was based on BIC values, the fixed boundary model was preferred over the collapsing boundary model for all of the experiments...
August 2016: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Maximiliano Montenegro, Jay I Myung, Mark A Pitt
An inordinate amount of computation is required to evaluate predictions of simulation-based models. Following Myung et al (2007), we derived an analytic form expression of the REM model of recognition memory using a Fourier transform technique, which greatly reduces the time required to perform model simulations. The accuracy of the derivation is verified by showing a close correspondence between its predictions and those reported in Shiffrin and Steyvers (1997). The derivation also shows that REM's predictions depend upon the vector length parameter, and that model parameters are not identifiable unless one of the parameters is fixed...
June 1, 2014: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Darrell A Worthy, W Todd Maddox
W.K. Estes often championed an approach to model development whereby an existing model was augmented by the addition of one or more free parameters, and a comparison between the simple and more complex, augmented model determined whether the additions were justified. Following this same approach we utilized Estes' (1950) own augmented learning equations to improve the fit and plausibility of a win-stay-lose-shift (WSLS) model that we have used in much of our recent work. Estes also championed models that assumed a comparison between multiple concurrent cognitive processes...
April 1, 2014: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
C F A Gomes, C J Brainerd, K Nakamura, V F Reyna
A half-century ago, at the dawn of the all-or-none learning era, Estes showed that finite Markov chains supply a tractable, comprehensive framework for discrete-change data of the sort that he envisioned for shifts in conditioning states in stimulus sampling theory. Shortly thereafter, such data rapidly accumulated in many spheres of human learning and animal conditioning, and Estes' work stimulated vigorous development of Markov models to handle them. A key outcome was that the data of the workhorse paradigms of episodic memory, recognition and recall, proved to be one- and two-stage Markovian, respectively, to close approximations...
April 1, 2014: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Jay I Myung, Daniel R Cavagnaro, Mark A Pitt
Experimentation is ubiquitous in the field of psychology and fundamental to the advancement of its science, and one of the biggest challenges for researchers is designing experiments that can conclusively discriminate the theoretical hypotheses or models under investigation. The recognition of this challenge has led to the development of sophisticated statistical methods that aid in the design of experiments and that are within the reach of everyday experimental scientists. This tutorial paper introduces the reader to an implementable experimentation methodology, dubbed Adaptive Design Optimization, that can help scientists to conduct "smart" experiments that are maximally informative and highly efficient, which in turn should accelerate scientific discovery in psychology and beyond...
June 2013: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Joseph W Houpt, James T Townsend
The survivor interaction contrasts (SIC) is a powerful measure for distinguishing among candidate models of human information processing. One class of models to which SIC analysis can apply are the coactive, or channel summation, models of human information processing. In general, parametric forms of coactive models assume that responses are made based on the first passage time across a fixed threshold of a sum of stochastic processes. Previous work has shown that that the SIC for a coactive model based on the sum of Poisson processes has a distinctive down-up-down form, with an early negative region that is smaller than the later positive region...
June 2011: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Ami Eidels, Joseph W Houpt, Nicholas Altieri, Lei Pei, James T Townsend
Systems Factorial Technology is a powerful framework for investigating the fundamental properties of human information processing such as architecture (i.e., serial or parallel processing) and capacity (how processing efficiency is affected by increased workload). The Survivor Interaction Contrast (SIC) and the Capacity Coefficient are effective measures in determining these underlying properties, based on response-time data. Each of the different architectures, under the assumption of independent processing, predicts a specific form of the SIC along with some range of capacity...
April 1, 2011: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Tom Lodewyckx, Francis Tuerlinckx, Peter Kuppens, Nicholas Allen, Lisa Sheeber
Linear dynamical system theory is a broad theoretical framework that has been applied in various research areas such as engineering, econometrics and recently in psychology. It quantifies the relations between observed inputs and outputs that are connected through a set of latent state variables. State space models are used to investigate the dynamical properties of these latent quantities. These models are especially of interest in the study of emotion dynamics, with the system representing the evolving emotion components of an individual...
February 1, 2011: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Hao Wu, Jay I Myung, William H Batchelder
Multinomial processing tree (MPT) modeling is a statistical methodology that has been widely and successfully applied for measuring hypothesized latent cognitive processes in selected experimental paradigms. This paper concerns model complexity of MPT models. Complexity is a key and necessary concept to consider in the evaluation and selection of quantitative models. A complex model with many parameters often overfits data beyond and above the underlying regularities, and therefore, should be appropriately penalized...
June 2010: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Shannon A Johnson, Leslie M Blaha, Joseph W Houpt, James T Townsend
Previous studies of global-local processing in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have indicated mixed findings, with some evidence of a local processing bias, or preference for detail-level information, and other results suggesting typical global advantage, or preference for the whole or gestalt. Findings resulting from this paradigm have been used to argue for or against a detail focused processing bias in ASDs, and thus have important theoretical implications. We applied Systems Factorial Technology, and the associated Double Factorial Paradigm (both defined in the text), to examine information processing characteristics during a divided attention global-local task in high-functioning individuals with an ASD and typically developing controls...
February 2010: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
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