Making Assessments While Taking Sequential Risks


This study utilized inter pump response times on a laboratory gambling task, the BART, to examine cognitive aspects of response selection during sequential risky decision making. Findings suggest a response procedure that utilizes multiple levels of processing. Amount of task exposure as well as the distance to the goal both affect the rate at which assessments are made, with task exposure decreasing assessment rate, while target distance increases assessment rate. Several alternative models are fit to the data, to determine if the behavioral results can be informative of a model that more accurately reflects differences in processing.

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