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P300 latency is commonly thought to provide a chronometric index of the duration of perceptual processing. Because the evidence in favor of this assumption is controversial, we examined whether P300 latency is influenced by perceptual processes, response selection, and by motoric processes in two experiments using a two-choice spatial stimulus-response compatibility (SRC) task. Both experiments revealed additive effects of perceptual difficulty with spatial SRC in reaction time (RT) and P300 latency. In addition, Experiment 2 showed that P300 latency measured in average waveforms is insensitive to motoric processes. The influence of spatial SRC on P300 latency disagrees with the view that P300 latency is sensitive only to stimulus evaluation processes. However, P300 latency may be used to discriminate between influences on premotoric and motoric processing stages. A response conflict account for the SRC-effect on P300 latency is suggested.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Leuthold, Prof Hartmut|
|Authors:||Leuthold, H., and Sommer, W.|
|College/School:||College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology|