Journal article

A Show About Nothing: No-Signal Processes in Systems Factorial Technology

Zachary L Howard, Paul Garrett, Daniel R Little, James T Townsend, Ami Eidels

Psychological Review | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2021


Systems Factorial Technology (SFT) is a popular framework for that has been used to investigate processing capacity across many psychological domains over the past 25+ years. To date, it had been assumed that no processing resources are used for sources in which no signal has been presented (i.e., in a location that can contain a signal but does not on a given trial). Hence, response times are purely driven by the signal-containing location or locations. This assumption is critical to the underlying mathematics of the capacity coefficient measure of SFT. In this article, we show that stimulus locations influence response times even when they contain no signal, and that this influence has rep..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Australian Research Council Grant DP160102360 to Ami Eidels, Daniel R. Little, and James T. Townsend, and by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship awarded to Zachary L. Howard. Ideas presented in this article have been presented at the Australian Mathematical Psychology Conference, Coogee (2020), and a preprint was uploaded to PsyArxiv on submission.