the tendency when doing a task to go for speed or accuracy. One is sacrificed to support the other. While doing experiments, by varying the speed-accuracy criterion through instructions, payoffs, and deadlines, a person is able to respond quickly with many errors.

SPEED-ACCURACY TRADEOFF: "In a speed accuracy trade-off, a low speed means higher accuracy."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPEED-ACCURACY TRADEOFF," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/speed-accuracy-tradeoff/ (accessed May 7, 2021).