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The Continuity of Mind$
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Michael Spivey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.001.0001

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Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories

Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories

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(p.51) 3 Some Experimental Tools for Tracking Continuous Mental Trajectories
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The Continuity of Mind
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Michael Spivey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.003.0003

This chapter emphasizes the importance of identifying the time scale at which a given behavior exhibits detectably graded transitions from state to state. It covers a variety of experimental methods that either record outcome-based measures from delimited tasks, such as reaction time and speed-accuracy tradeoff; continuous measures from continuous tasks, such as tracking of rhythmic motor movement; or continuous measures from delimited tasks, such as eye-tracking and reaching. Special attention is paid to eye-tracking and computer-mouse tracking in cognitive tasks. It is argued that motor planning and motor movement itself, even just pressing a button in a computer-based task, is coextensive with the cognitive processing that guides it.

Keywords:   experimental methods, temporal dynamics, reaction time, electrophysiology, computer-mouse tracking, eye movements, reaching movements

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