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Choice Reaction Time as a Function of Stimulus versus Response Relative Frequency of Occurrence

Nature volume 212, pages 10691070 (03 December 1966) | Download Citation

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THE well known fact that choice reactions to alternatives of unequal frequencies of occurrence are faster for the more frequent alternatives has mainly been studied in tasks with a 1 : 1 correspondence between stimuli and responses1–5. In such situations, stimulus and response relative frequencies are confounded and it is impossible to tell which variable is critical in determining the reaction time. An answer to that question would help to locate preparatory adjustments in the chain of processes intervening between reception of the stimulus and production of the response.

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  1. Laboratoire de Psychologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

    • PAUL BERTELSON
    •  & FRANÇOISE TISSEYRE

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