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The Continuity of Mind$
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Michael Spivey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.001.0001

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Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories

Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories

(p.51) 3 Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories
The Continuity of Mind

Michael Spivey (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter emphasizes the importance of identifying the time scale at which a given behavior exhibits detectably graded transitions from state to state. It covers a variety of experimental methods that either record outcome-based measures from delimited tasks, such as reaction time and speed-accuracy tradeoff; continuous measures from continuous tasks, such as tracking of rhythmic motor movement; or continuous measures from delimited tasks, such as eye-tracking and reaching. Special attention is paid to eye-tracking and computer-mouse tracking in cognitive tasks. It is argued that motor planning and motor movement itself, even just pressing a button in a computer-based task, is coextensive with the cognitive processing that guides it.

Keywords:   experimental methods, temporal dynamics, reaction time, electrophysiology, computer-mouse tracking, eye movements, reaching movements

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