Recalibration effects in judgments of learning: a signal detection analysis

Zawadzka, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-0214-1184 and Higham, P.A., 2016. Recalibration effects in judgments of learning: a signal detection analysis. Journal of Memory and Language, 90, pp. 161-176. ISSN 0749-596X

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In this study we investigated the influence of list composition on judgments of learning (JOLs). To this end, we compared JOLs assigned in a multi-cycle procedure to a set of moderately difficult word pairs. Experiment 1 revealed that when difficult new pairs were added to the study list, the mean of JOLs assigned to the moderate pairs increased as compared to the baseline. In Experiment 2, we reversed this pattern by including easy new pairs in the study list. By analyzing metacognitive ROCs (MROCs), we demonstrate that these results were caused by criterion shifts, by which participants adjusted the level of evidence needed to assign particular JOL ratings. Changes in the study list composition led to a recalibration of the JOL scale – i.e. resetting of the criteria – in order to accommodate the addition of new items. We discuss the usefulness of MROCs for detecting criterion shifts in rating tasks.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Memory and Language
Creators: Zawadzka, K. and Higham, P.A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2016
Volume: 90
ISSN: 0749-596X
Rights: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Apr 2016 08:43
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 07:57

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