ABSOLUTE PRODUCTION AS A - POSSIBLE - METHOD TO EXTERNALIZE THE PROPERTIES OF CONTEXT DEPENDENT INTERNAL REPRESENTATIONS

  • V. Zotov
  • S. Shaky
  • A. A. J. Marley

Abstract

Absolute identification requires a participant to identify which stimulus has been presented, from a relatively small pre-specified set the stimuli might be a set of 9 lines, with the shortest labelled #1, the longest #9. Absolute identification yields many well-established behavioral phenomena - for example, more extreme stimuli (such as lines #1 and #9 in the above example) are identified more accurately, and responded to faster, than more central stimuli (such as lines #4 and #5). Contemporary models propose that the internal representations of the stimuli, and/or of the responses, are context dependent in that they depend on factors such as the number, range, and presentation frequency of the stimuli. We present data on absolute production that we interpret as externalizing the properties of such internal representations and that show effects paralleling those in absolute identification.

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