Mouse-Tracking to Understand Real-Time Dynamics of Social Cognition

Benjamin S. Stillerman, Jonathan B. Freeman

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This chapter traces the history and how it evolved into contemporary mouse-tracking research that features a diversity of theoretical perspectives seeking to answer novel questions across a range of topics, rather than focused squarely on architectural debates. In the early days of mouse-tracking, the method was deployed mainly for architectural debates centered on adjudicating between discrete-stage based, modular explanations of cognitive processing versus a more continuous and integrated view of the mind. With mouse-tracking serving as a continuous output of response competition, one could observe graded partial activation of competing representations, or the extent of such conflicting activation within a single decision. Mouse-tracking is especially suited for measuring the real-time integration of multiple dimensions or attributes during a decision process. Neuroscientific inquiries into cognition have begun to include mouse-tracking to answers outside the domain of social cognition, for example, in the domain of intertemporal choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Handbook of Process Tracing Methods
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351662765
ISBN (Print)9781315160559
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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