The Interpretation of Reaction Time in Information Processing Research
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER
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The report discusses the use of reaction time measures in modern experimental psychology. Methodological and theoretical issues are raised concerning the logic of experimentation in which reaction time is the major dependent variable and the limitations of interpretation of reaction time in the presence of variable error rates. The relationship between the speed and the accuracy of performance and theoretical models underlying this relation are also discussed.