Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off in Recognition Memory

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Science  10 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4099, pp. 574-576
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4099.574


In a recognition memory experiment, the time allowed for retrieval was controlled by using the offset of the probe as a signal to terminate retrieval and respond. The response latencies measured in the experiment indicate that this procedure effectively eliminated fast-guess strategies. The recognition signal-to-noise ratio, d', grows at a negatively accelerated rate as the allowed retrieval time is increased from 0.5 second to 1 and 2 seconds.