Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 5–12

Response delays and the timing of discrete motor responses

  • Alan M. Wing
  • A. B. Kristofferson

DOI: 10.3758/BF03198607

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Wing, A.M. & Kristofferson, A.B. Perception & Psychophysics (1973) 14: 5. doi:10.3758/BF03198607


A model for the timing of repetitive discrete motor responses is proposed, and a prediction of negative dependency between successive interresponse intervals is confirmed by data from a Morse key tapping task. A method that makes use of the first-order serial correlation between interresponse intervals is used to distinguish between variance due to a timekeeping process and variance in motor response delays subsequent to the timekeeper. These two quantities are examined as a function of mean interresponse interval.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan M. Wing
    • 1
  • A. B. Kristofferson
    • 1
  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada