📝Hick’s law


§ Design § Psychology


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The law says that the mean reaction time is linear function of the mean entropy. Entropy growths logarithmically with the number of choices available.

RT=a+blog2(n+1)RT = a + b * log_2 (n + 1)


  • RTRT is reaction time

  • log2(n+1)log_2 (n + 1) is mean entropy

  • aa and bb are coefficients (should be found empirically for each case)

  • Hick’s law is about choice reaction time, not decision time as is commonly thought.

  • The law presumes that correct answer is known and is not something that should be thought about or discovered. (Subjects undertook a training before running the experiment.)

  • The law is not universal. There are many situation when it does not apply.