Title

A comparative study of drift diffusion and linear ballistic accumulator models in a reward maximization perceptual choice task

Abstract

We present new findings that distinguish drift diffusion models (DDMs) from the linear ballistic accumulator (LBA) model as descriptions of human behavior in a two-alternative forced-choice reward maximization (Rmax) task. Previous comparisons have not considered Rmax tasks, and differences identified between the models' predictions have centered on practice effects. Unlike the parameter-free optimal performance curves of the pure DDM, the extended DDM and LBA predict families of curves depending on their additional parameters, and those of the LBA show significant differences from the DDMs, especially for poorly discriminable stimuli that incur high error rates. Moreover, fits to behavior reveal that the LBA and DDM provide different interpretations of behavior as stimulus discriminability increases. Trends for threshold setting (caution) in the DDMs are consistent between fits, while in the corresponding LBA fits, thresholds interact with distributions of starting points in a complex manner that depends upon parameter constraints. Our results suggest that reinterpretation of LBA parameters may be necessary in modeling the Rmax paradigm.

Publisher

Frontiers in Neuroscience

Publication Date

8-5-2014

Publication Title

Frontiers in Neuroscience

Department

Neuroscience

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.3389/fnins.2014.00148

Notes

Research topic: Toward a unified view of the speed-accuracy trade-off: behaviour, neurophysiology and modelling

Keywords

Drift diffusion model, Linear ballistic accumulator model, Reward maximization, Optimal performance theory

Language

English

Format

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