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Response Times : Their Role in Inferring Elementary Mental Organization - R. Duncan Luce

Response Times

Their Role in Inferring Elementary Mental Organization

Hardcover Published: 7th August 1986
ISBN: 9780195036428
Number Of Pages: 577

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Response times are a fascinating source of information on how the mind is organized - the time taken to carry out an action tells us something about the choice process involved. This is a critical but even-handed treatment of the major themes of how response times play a role in our thinking about the mind. Professor Luce provides a comprehensive, clear review of the experimental data, and puts forward the idea of the hazard function - a novel and important approach that he and his colleagues have developed. This function, based on the probability that an reaction is about to occur given that no reaction has occurred so far during a trial, exaggerates the differences that normal analysis methods often obscure. This enables the researcher to rule out more confidently known mechanisms of time delay in human performance. Since measurements of response times are widely used by experimental psychologists as one approach to distinguishing between theories of intellectual functioning, the conceptual arguments that Professor Luce brings to bear on mathematical models of response time are of great relevance to mathematical and experimental psychologists.

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"An extensive and well-presented account...Will certainly remain the basic reference for years to come...The book will be useful to many, whether or not they are theoretically inclined, and will be mandatory reading for anyone dealing with behavioral response times."--Science "Fascinating and essential reading....This book has great richness to offer: to the cognitive scientist, using artificial intelligence and computational techniques as the main vehicle for modelling cognitive and perceptual processes; to the researcher, wishing only to use response times as a well-honed tool; as well as to the committed traditional mathematical psychologist....An important book which many psychologists will find both intriguing and useful. Every academic library should own it."--British Journal of Psychology "This is an important book for those who study response times or use them as tools. What about those who find mathematics indigestible? The fact is that there are not many clearer expositions of response times, with or without mathematics. In many cases, the author's presentation of work is clearer than the original literature....This book has something for everyone who is seriously interested in response times: a history, a handbook, and a glimpse of our future science." --Contemporary Psychology "An extensive and well-presented account...Will certainly remain the basic reference for years to come...The book will be useful to many, whether or not they are theoretically inclined, and will be mandatory reading for anyone dealing with behavioral response times."--Science "Fascinating and essential reading....This book has great richness to offer: to the cognitive scientist, using artificial intelligence and computational techniques as the main vehicle for modelling cognitive and perceptual processes; to the researcher, wishing only to use response times as a well-honed tool; as well as to the committed traditional mathematical psychologist....An important book which many psychologists will find both intriguing and useful. Every academic library should own it."--British Journal of Psychology "This is an important book for those who study response times or use them as tools. What about those who find mathematics indigestible? The fact is that there are not many clearer expositions of response times, with or without mathematics. In many cases, the author's presentation of work is clearer than the original literature....This book has something for everyone who is seriously interested in response times: a history, a handbook, and a glimpse of our future science." --Contemporary Psychology

1: Representing Response Times as Random Variables Part I: Detection Paradigms 2: Simple Reaction Times: Basic Data 3: Decomposition into Decision and Residual Latencies 4: Distributions of Simple Decision Latencies 5: Detection of Signals Presented at Irregular Times Part II: Identification Paradigms 6: Two-Choice Reaction Times: Basic Ideas and Data 7: Mixture Models 8: Stochastic Accumulation of Information in Discrete Time 9: Stochastic Accumulation of Information in Continuous Time 10: Absolute Identification of More than Two Signals Part III: Matching Paradigms 11: Memory, Scanning, Visual Search, and Same-Difference Designs 12: Processing Stages and Strategies

ISBN: 9780195036428
ISBN-10: 0195036425
Series: Oxford Psychology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 577
Published: 7th August 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.36  x 3.58
Weight (kg): 1.09

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