Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Attentional Response Bias

  • Ronald A. CohenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_3001


Behavioral predisposition; Beta (β); Response tendency


Attentional response bias refers to the tendency or increased likelihood of selecting one response over others.


The concept of response bias is essential when considering or assessing attention, as it accounts for the fact that attentional selection is not only affected by sensitivity of the perceptual system to certain stimuli in the environment but also to an inclination to respond in one manner versus another to these stimuli. Response bias is a primary element of signal detection theory, which maintains that signal detection, and more broadly the accuracy of attention to target stimuli, is not only a function of discriminability (d′) associated with perceptual sensitivity but also the tendency to either respond or not respond in the situation (Beta). Response bias may be determined by various factors related to a given person’s behavioral disposition, including their tendency to be accepting of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, McKnight Brain Institute, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA