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Applications of multidimensional scaling in cognitive psychology
Shoben, Edward J. (1983)

Applications of multidimensional scaling in cognitive psychology


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Cognitive psychology has used multidimensional scaling (and related procedures) in a wide variety of ways. This paper examines some straightforward applications, and also some applications where the explanation of the cognitive process is derived rather directly from the solution obtained through multidimensional scaling. Other applications examined include cognitive development, and the use of MDS to assess change as a function of context. Also examined is how an ideal representation is selected, whether, for example, a space or a tree is more appropriate. Finally, some inherent limitations of the method for cognitive psychologists are outlined, and some pitfalls and potential misapplications are identified.

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Shoben, Edward J.. (1983). Applications of multidimensional scaling in cognitive psychology. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

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