Applied Experimental Psychology and Psycho-physics


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge of basic statistics and probability theory

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Must have knowledge of the psychophysical methods that can be used to measure human perception, cognition, and performance, including:

  • Threshold and comparison methods
  • Quantitative methods for measuring psychophysical responses including, nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio scales.
  • Transformation of data to relevant scales. Normalization and standardization.
  • Comparative and non-comparative scaling: paired comparison and semantic differential techniques.
  • Probabilistic choice models for paired comparison (BTL), and the concept of transitivity.
  • Descriptive analysis, including selection and use of censor panels for scaling experiments, word elicitation, selection, scaling and analysis.
  • Practical design of scales.
  • Design of scaling experiments.
  • Factor analysis


  • Carry out measurement and scaling of psychophysical responses.
  • Use statistical software for analysis of the results.


  • Can choose the appropriate psychophysical method for a given problem.
  • Have experience carrying out experiments using appropriate methods.
  • Can analyse the results from experiments using appropriate statistical methods.

Type of instruction

Lectures followed by exercises and/or lab-work.



Name of examApplied Experimental Psychology and Psycho-physics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAnvendt eksperimentalpsykologi og psykofysik
Module codeESNPDPK1K2AM
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design