Just tell me what to do: Bringing back experimenter control in active contingency tasks with the command-performance procedure, and finding cue density effects along the way

Hannah, Samuel D. and Beneteau, Jennifer L. (2009) Just tell me what to do: Bringing back experimenter control in active contingency tasks with the command-performance procedure, and finding cue density effects along the way. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63 1: 59-73. doi:10.1037/a0013403


Author Hannah, Samuel D.
Beneteau, Jennifer L.
Title Just tell me what to do: Bringing back experimenter control in active contingency tasks with the command-performance procedure, and finding cue density effects along the way
Journal name Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1196-1961
1878-7290
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0013403
Volume 63
Issue 1
Start page 59
End page 73
Total pages 15
Place of publication Ottawa, Canada
Publisher Canadian Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Active contingency tasks, such as those used to explore judgments of control, suffer from variability in the actual values of critical variables. The authors debut a new, easily implemented procedure that restores control over these variables to the experimenter simply by telling participants when to respond, and when to withhold responding. This command-performance procedure not only restores control over critical variables such as actual contingency, it also allows response frequency to be manipulated independently of contingency or outcome frequency. This yields the first demonstration, to our knowledge, of the equivalent of a cue density effect in an active contingency task. Judgments of control are biased by response frequency outcome frequency, just as they are also biased by outcome frequency.
Keyword Judgment of control
Decision-making
Cue density effect
Contingency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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