Kestutis Kveraga

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Hick’s law states that response times (RTs) increase in proportion to the logarithm of the number of potential stimulus-response (S-R) alternatives. We hypothesized that time-consuming processes associated with response selection contribute significantly to this effect. We also hypothesized that the latency of saccades might not conform to Hick’s law since(More)
Reaction times generally follow the predictions of Hick's law as stimulus-response uncertainty increases, although notable exceptions include the oculomotor system. Saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movement reaction times are independent of stimulus-response uncertainty. Previous research showed that joystick pointing to targets, a motor analog of saccadic(More)
Simple reaction times (RTs) are typically faster than choice reaction times and increase with uncertainty according to Hick's law. Here we show that smooth pursuit eye movement RTs show no effect of SR uncertainty while joystick tracking shows a step change between SRT and CRT, but no significant increases beyond two choices. The results suggest there is a(More)
Studies of the relationship between stimulus-response uncertainty and reaction times indicate three qualitatively different functions: Hick's law, simple-choice step function, or flat curve (no effect at all). The extent of stimulus-response S-R) compatibility appears to interact with the effects of uncertainty on response times. One possible hypothesis(More)
Congruent information conveyed over different sensory modalities often facilitates a variety of cognitive processes, including speech perception (Sumby & Pollack, 1954). Since auditory processing is substantially faster than visual processing, auditory-visual integration can occur over a surprisingly wide temporal window (Stein, 1998). We investigated the(More)
Kveraga et al. (2002, Exp Brain Res 146(3):307–14) reported that saccade latencies are immune to the effects of stimulus-response uncertainty and constitute one of the few response systems that violate Hick’s law. Similar effects have been reported for keypresses triggered by vibrations of the fingertips, but robust uncertainty effects were subsequently(More)
The initiation and maintenance of slow eye movements (SEMs) usually depend on the perception of a moving stimulus. However, the endogenous representation of predictable target motion can be sufficient to initiate and maintain brief episodes of SEM even when the stimulus is not present. In this note, we show that expectancies generated by predictable(More)
Response selection takes time. Hick's law (Hick, 1952) predicts that the time course of response selection is a logarithmic function of the number of equally likely response alternatives. However, recent work has shown that oculomotor responses constitute noteworthy exceptions in that the latencies of saccades (Kveraga, Boucher, & Hughes, 2002) and smooth(More)
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