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Response TimesTheir Role in Inferring Elementary Mental Organization$
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R. Duncan Luce

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195070019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195070019.001.0001

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Decomposition into Decision and Residual Latencies

Decomposition into Decision and Residual Latencies

(p.96) 3 Decomposition into Decision and Residual Latencies
Response Times

R. Duncan Luce

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses simple reaction times, focusing on one of the main difficulties in these experiments: what one observes is not only the time spent carrying out the mental processes involved in apprehending the signal, but also all of the times it takes to provide information about the nervous system and to affect a response. These often constitute a major fraction of the observed time and serve only to mask the decision process, which is the subject of all the models considered. Topics covered include independent, additive latencies; specific assumptions; and manipulation of stages.

Keywords:   simple reaction time, mental processes, signal, nervous system, residual latency, variables

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