Cognitive Psychophysiology: Event-Related Potentials and the Study of Cognition

By Emanuel Donchin | Go to book overview

10
Report of Panel IV: Mental Chronometry
Panel chair: W. Chase
Panel members: G. McCarthy
K. Squires
R. Schvaneveldt

10.1 INTRODUCTION

Chase: Cognitive psychologists attend a conference like this because they are interested in finding out what physiological psychology can offer psychology. Without a doubt, the two "physiological" research programs that had the greatest impact on concepts in psychology are the single-unit recordings of Hu bel and Wiesel ( 1962) and the split-brain studies of Sperry and Gazzaniga ( Sperry, 1961). For better or worse, cognitive theory has been influenced greatly by these physiological investigations. The question that is at the core of this panel's assignment is, how can ERP research contribute to our understanding of physiological mechanisms and cognitive processes? It's quite obvious by now that electrophysiological research does have a lot to say about cognitive processes. For example, before coming to this conference I thought that filter theory was a dead issue. But it is clear from Hillyard's work that the N100 does have something to do with attention. From Donchin's work it is clear that something interesting is happening with respect to expectancy and P300.

So on what issues will electrophysiological research have an impact? As Shiffrin said, from a chronometric point of view we definitely need a physiological model of reaction time. Research on the ERP can tell us what the physiological mechanisms of reaction time are. There is no question that ERP research can help in changing our ideas about attention. There are ideas about limited capacity mechanisms. I think that as cognitive psychologists we believe that we are measuring limited capacity mechanisms, and I am sure that ERP research can tell us more about that. I personally think that the propositional

-249-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Cognitive Psychophysiology: Event-Related Potentials and the Study of Cognition
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 428

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.