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ERIC Number: EJ885763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Serial Process in Visual Search
Gilden, David L.; Thornton, Thomas L.; Marusich, Laura R.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n3 p533-542 Jun 2010
The conditions for serial search are described. A multiple target search methodology (Thornton & Gilden, 2007) is used to home in on the simplest target/distractor contrast that effectively mandates a serial scheduling of attentional resources. It is found that serial search is required when (a) targets and distractors are mirror twins, and (b) when the search elements lack the Gestalt property of intrinsic orientation. The finding is put into the context of Feature Integration Theory (Treisman & Gelade, 1980) that first identified the occasions of serial search to be important to object perception and understanding. (Contains 5 footnotes and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas