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ERIC Number: EJ931665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
On the Speed of Pop-Out in Feature Search
Turatto, Massimo; Valsecchi, Matteo; Seiffert, Adriane E.; Caramazza, Alfonso
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n5 p1145-1152 Oct 2010
When something unique is present in a scene, this element may become immediately visible and one has the impression that it pops out from the scene. This phenomenon, known as "pop-out" in the visual search literature, is thought to produce the fastest search possible, and response times for the detection of the pop-out target do not vary as a function of the number of nontargets. In this study, we challenge this notion and show that the detection of a given visual feature is faster for multiple targets than for a single pop-out target. However, when the task requires a detailed target analysis, the pop-out condition can be faster than the multiple-target condition. Current models of visual search are discussed in light of the findings. (Contains 1 footnote and 4 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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