In a particular cognitive task, research subjects are asked to refrain from pressing a button in response to an auditory cue, called a “stop signal.” The time required by the participant’s brain to cancel the response is called the “reaction time.” In the scientific literature, this construct has been referred to as the following:
- stop-signal reaction time
- stop signal reaction time
- stop-signal reaction-time
Which is correct? Easiest to read? How does the meaning change in each case? The presence of three different forms in the literature makes me believe that I’m missing something in this particular context.