THE TIME COURSE OF CONFIDENCE PROCESSING

  • Steven R. Carroll
  • William M. Petrusic

Abstract

The time course of confidence processing is discussed in light of three decision-making experiments: two psychophysical tasks and one general knowledge task. Each experiment consisted of a confidence block of trials, wherein participants expressed a confidence rating following each rendered decision, a no confidence block, where confidence was never expressed, and a stop-confidence block, where participants were told to expect to have to express confidence but were instructed not to do so if a tone sounded. Stop-confidence tone onset delays were varied systematically. Decisional response time data reveal how confidence processing unfolds linearly throughout the primary decision-making process.

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