REINTERPRETING CORRECT VERSUS ERROR RESPONSE TIMES

  • Stephen W. Link

Abstract

Early psychological theories of choice and decision followed from developments by Gauss, Fechner, Thurstone, Peterson Birdsall and Fox, and Tanner and Swets. That theoretical structure advanced experimental work in psychophysics and eventually found its way into interpretations of memory performance. A starkly different view of sensory processes rejects this foundation and substitutes for it more recent developments in stochastic processes often viewed as random walks. A critical prediction of the random walk approach concerns the relation between correct and error times. But, these critical predictions are often misunderstood and tests of the predictions misapplied.

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