Preparation is a term that is used quite freely during private, informal discussions. As the argument becomes more formal and more public, “priming,” “ feed-forward” and similar jargon terms take its place, presumably because they are better defined, safer, and more acceptable. However, in spite of the caution that surrounds its use, it is clear that “preparation” denotes a useful concept. The purpose of the Franco-American Conference on Preparatory States and Processes was to try to clarify this concept by inviting investigators from different specialties in the behavioral and neural sciences to present and discuss illustrations of the use of the concept from their own work. First published in 1984. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

part 1|65 pages

Preparatory Role of Event Sequences

chapter 1|23 pages

Attention, Stimulus Range, and Identification of Loudness

ByR. Duncan Luce, Robert M. Nosofsky

chapter 2|21 pages

Sequential Predictors of Choice in Psychophysical Tasks

ByGregory R. Lockhead

chapter 3|17 pages

Sustained Concentration: Passive Filtering or Active Orienting?

ByMichael I. Posner, Yoav Cohen, Lisa S. Choate, Robert Hockey, Elizabeth Maylor

part 2|68 pages

The Time Course of Preparatory Processes

chapter 4|26 pages

Discrete versus Continuous Models of Response Preparation: A Reaction-Time Analysis

ByDavid E. Meyer, Steven Yantis, Allen Osman, J. E. Keith Smith

chapter 6|16 pages

Choosing Between Movement Sequences

ByDavid A. Rosenbaum, Edward Saltzman, Abigail Kingman

part 3|186 pages

Central Mechanisms and Indices of Preparatory Processes A. General Issues

chapter 7|17 pages

Neurophysiological Approaches to Brain Mechanisms for Preparatory Set

ByEdward V. Evarts

chapter 8|24 pages

Cognitive Psychophysiology and Preparatory Processes: A Case Study

ByEmanuel Donchin, Michael G. H. Coles, Gabriele Gratton

chapter 9|20 pages

Dual Nature of Anticipatory Classically Conditioned Reactions

ByPierre Perruchet

part 3|57 pages

Central Mechanisms and Indices of Preparatory Processes B. Input Processes

chapter 10|16 pages

Effects of Ballistic and Tracking Movements on Spinal Proprioceptive and Cutaneous Pathways in Man

ByC. Demairé, J. Honoré, J. M. Coquery

chapter 11|21 pages

Word Expectancy and Event-Related Brain Potentials During Sentence Processing

ByMarta Kutas, Timothy E. Lindamood, Steven A. Hillyard

chapter 12|17 pages

Lexical Decisions During the Reading of Sentences Containing Polysemous Words

ByJoël Pynte, Philippe Dô, Paolo Scampa

part 3|64 pages

Central Mechanisms and Indices of Preparatory Processes C. Output Processes

chapter 13|26 pages

Some Experimental Evidence for a Three-Step Model of Motor Preparation

ByJean Requin, Jean-Claude Lecas, Michel Bonnet

part 4|50 pages

Global and Local Preparatory Processes

chapter 17|18 pages

Reorganization of Posture Before Movement

ByM. Dufossé, J. Macpherson, J. Massion

chapter 18|14 pages

Global Metric Properties and Preparatory Processes in Drawing Movements

ByFrancesco Lacquanti, Carlo Terzuolo, Paolo Viviani