Stimulus–response correspondence effect as a function of temporal overlap between relevant and irrelevant information processing
The stimulus–response correspondence (SRC) effect refers to advantages in performance when stimulus and response correspond in dimensions or features, even if the common features are irrelevant to the task. Previous research indicated that the SRC effect depends on the temporal course of stimulus information processing. The current study investigated how the temporal overlap between relevant and irrelevant stimulus processing influences the SRC effect. In this experiment, the irrelevant stimulus (a previously associated tone) preceded the relevant stimulus (a coloured rectangle). The irrelevant and relevant stimuli onset asynchrony was varied to manipulate the temporal overlap between the irrelevant and relevant stimuli processing. Results indicated that the SRC effect size varied as a quadratic function of the temporal overlap between the relevant stimulus and irrelevant stimulus. This finding extends previous experimental observations that the SRC effect size varies in an increasing or decreasing function with reaction time. The current study demonstrated a quadratic function between effect size and the temporal overlap.
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
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Wang, Richard, F. D., & Ray, B. (2016). Stimulus-response correspondence effect as a function of temporal overlap between relevant and irrelevant information processing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2006), 69(8), 1648–1656. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2015.1098710