Psychological Refractory Period Task

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Psychological Refractory Period Task

The Psychological Refractory Period Task as developed in Marczinski & Fillmore (2006).
Duration: 15 minutes
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Telford, C. W. (1931). The refractory phase of voluntary and associative response. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 14, 1-35.

Craik, K. J. W. (1948). Theory of the human operator in control systems: II. Man as an element in a control system. British Journal of Psychology, 38, 142-148.

Davis, R. (1956). The limits of the "psychological refractory period." Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 8, 24-38.

Broadbent, D. E., & Gregory, M. (1967). Psychological refractory period and the length of time required to make a decision. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, 158, 222-231.

Greenwald, A. G., & Shulman, H. (1973). On doing two things at once: II. Elimination of the psychological refractory period. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 101, 70-76.

Hsieh, S. (January 01, 2000). The psychological refractory period in Parkinson's disease. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91, 3, 893-902.

Glass, J. M., & Schumacher, E. H. (December 01, 2000). Aging and the Psychological Refractory Period: Task-Coordination Strategies in Young and Old Adults. Psychology & Aging, 15, 4.)

Marczinski, C. A., & Fillmore, M. T. (January 01, 2006). Clubgoers and their trendy cocktails: implications of mixing caffeine into alcohol on information processing and subjective reports of intoxication. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 14, 4, 450-8.