Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 7 - 2020
Inhibition-driven Button Click Response Times in the Attention Concentration Test
Ad van der Ven1*, Risto Hotulainen2 and Helena Thuneberg2
1Institute for Learning and Development, Department of Pedagogy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2Centre for Educational Assessment, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
*Corresponding Author: Ad van der Ven, Institute for Learning and Development, Department of Pedagogy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Montessorilaan 3, 6500 HE Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Received: March 13, 2020; Published: June 29, 2020

In previous articles [1,2], research reports were made using the response times obtained from the Attention Concentration Test (ACT). The ACT consists of color bars or dice bars and the subject has to click on certain of these colors or dice (the so-called targets). The response times used were bar response times. However, the current research uses the response times of the button clicks, that is, the times T that elapse between clicking two consecutive target buttons. The general null hypothesis was examined that this time has an exponential distribution. This was investigated by looking at the regression of the standard deviation of T to the mean of T corrected for shift. The number of non-target buttons located between two consecutive target buttons still plays a role in this regression. Therefore, a linear regression analysis of T on K was also performed for the response times obtained with each individual test administration, and then, over test administrations, the ratio of the square root of the mean square residual and the absolute value of the smallest residual score was examined. The null hypothesis of an exponential distribution had to be rejected in favor of a probability distribution in which the transition rate increases with time. This result is favorable for the inhibition theory. The probability distribution with a square root hazard rate appeared to describe the data well. The discussion discussed how this result could be precisely understood in the context of the inhibition theory.

Keywords: Attention Concentration Test (ACT); Inhibition Theory


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Citation: Ad van der Ven., et al. “Inhibition-driven Button Click Response Times in the Attention Concentration Test”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.7 (2020): 51-60.

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