Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Feedback consistency effects

Johannes C. Ziegler a1a2 and Guy C. Van Orden a3
a1 Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
a2 LPC-CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, France
a3 Cognitive Systems Group, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1104


Models are not adequately evaluated simply by whether they capture the data, after the fact. Other criteria are needed. One criterion is parsimony; but utility and generality are at least as important. Even with respect to parsimony, however, the case against feedback is not as straightforward as Norris et al. present it. We use feedback consistency effects to illustrate these points.