In certain perceptual discrimination tasks, a change in a particular stimulus variable can be perceived as changes along multiple perceptual dimensions. If the study is primarily concerned with a particular perceptual dimension or cue, it is important that the experimenter keep the influences of the other unwanted but correlated perceptual cues under control. One way to accomplish this objective is to randomize the stimuli along the stimulus dimensions primarily associated with these unwanted cues, making them unreliable as a basis for the discrimination. This theoretical note presents a mathematical proof that a uniform randomization is the most effective way of suppressing unwanted cues.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Sensory Systems