Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Proctor, R. W. and Vu, K.-P. L. 2010. Action Selection. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Action selection, also known as response selection, refers to how people determine specific actions to perform and, as studied in choice-reaction tasks, to processes involved in deciding which response to make to a presented stimulus. Action selection is considered to be distinct from perception and from the processes involved in the execution of movements to carry out the actions. F. C. Donders (1868/1969) was among the earliest researchers to study action selection in his investigations of the temporal properties of information processing. Recent years have witnessed an expansion of interest in action-selection phenomena, since the linking of perception and cognition to action is fundamental to all behavior.