% Exercise 1.2
%
% This MATLAB script accompanies the chapter "Distinguishing between models
% of perceptual decision making" by J. Ditterich in the book "An
% Introduction to Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience". It demonstrates the
% distribution of decision times resulting from a sequential sampling
% mechanism that does not involve temporal integration. Please note that
% this script has been optimized for readability, not execution speed.
%
% J. Ditterich, 12/2012
clear;
close all;
% Parameters
dist_mean = 1; % mean of normal distribution from which random samples are drawn
dist_sd = 3; % standard deviation of normal distribution from which random samples are drawn
thr = 7; % decision threshold (B)
trials = 20000; % number of trials to be simulated
% Let's go...
dt_vec = []; % vector of decision times
disp('Starting simulation...');
for i = 1 : trials % simulate each trial
num_samples = 0; % initialize number of drawn samples
while 1 % loop for sequential sampling
cur_samp = random('norm',dist_mean,dist_sd); % draw a new random number
num_samples = num_samples + 1; % update number of random samples (reflecting decision time)
if cur_samp > thr % Did we exceed the upper threshold?
dt_vec = [dt_vec num_samples]; % store the decision time
break; % terminate the loop for this trial
end;
if cur_samp < -thr % Did we cross the lower threshold?
dt_vec = [dt_vec num_samples]; % store the decision time
break; % terminate the loop for this trial
end;
end;
if mod(i,1000) == 0
disp([num2str(i) ' trials completed.']);
end;
end;
hist(dt_vec,25); % plot a histogram of the decision times
title('Distribution of decision times');