Target-Set and Response-Set Interaction: Implications for Models of Human Information Processing

Science  30 Jun 1972:
Vol. 176, Issue 4042, pp. 1447-1448
DOI: 10.1126/science.176.4042.1447


In binary character-classification tasks, reaction time generally has been reported to increase substantially with the number of target elements. However, when the targets formed a familiar set and subjects were not required to make explicit "no" responses, reaction time did not increase significantly as the target set increased in size from one to three.