Award Date

1-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Committee Member

Mark Guadagnoli

Number of Pages

100

Abstract

The current study investigated the extent to which challenging the informational demands of the cognitive system impact reaction time in a linear, systematic fashion. Specifically, the study examined the effects of simultaneously challenging all three stages of the information processing. A 3 (Response Selection) x 2 (Stimulus Identification) x 2 (Response Programming) ANOVA with repeated measures was used to analyze mean reaction time data. The results indicated that, to a point, information processing increases in a linear, systematic fashion. However, when the system is substantially stressed, speed of processing is negatively impacted. This results in an over-additive increase in reaction time. Movement time analysis in complex response conditions indicated a similar increase at this level of informational load. One explanation for this finding is that the cognitive system has a finite information capacity, after which efficient processing of information is hindered.

Keywords

Hick; Implications; Information; Investigation; Law; Processing

Controlled Subject

Cognitive psychology; Behaviorism (Psychology)

File Format

pdf

File Size

2713.6 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/4MML-EEYT


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