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An inexpensive and accurate method of measuring the force of responses in reaction time research
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)In: Behavior Research Methods, ISSN 1554-351X, Vol. 41, no 4, 1254-1261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Together with reaction time (RT), the force with which people respond to stimuli can provide important clues about cognitive and affective processes. We discuss some of the issues surrounding the accurate measurement and interpretation of response force, and present a response key by which response force can be measured regularly and unobtrusively in RT research. The advantage of the response key described is that it operates like a standard response key of the type used regularly in classic RT experiments. The construction of the response key is described in detail and its potential assessed by way of an experiment examining response force in a simple reaction task to visual stimuli of increasing brightness and size.

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Psychonomic Society , 2009. Vol. 41, no 4, 1254-1261 p.
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force of responses, reaction time
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34525DOI: 10.3758/BRM.41.4.1254ISI: 000271930000029OAI: diva2:284983

The research reported here was supported by a grant from the Swedish Research Council awarded to G.R. Patching.

Available from: 2010-01-09 Created: 2010-01-09 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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