Date of Award

10-1973

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Supervisor

Dr. S. W. Link

Abstract

The binary choice Fast Guess Model of Ollman and Yellott was generalized to a multiple choice model and six subjects were run in a choice reaction time task to test the model. Stimulus set sizes of two, four and six were used and response accuracy and speed motivation was manipulated through specific instructions which were changed from trial to trial. Three differential motivational instructions were used. In all cases, subjects were to respond with maximum accuracy but were also told on each trial to either disregard the duration of their response, respond within 440 milliseconds or respond within 300 milliseconds.

The generalized Fast Guess Model was rejected because response time parameters of the SCR state were found to change across response accuracy-speed motivation instructions and across stimulus set sizes. Implications of these results for other classes of models were also discussed.

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