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ERIC Number: EJ932338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Nesting of Search Contexts within Natural Scenes: Evidence from Contextual Cuing
Brooks, Daniel I.; Rasmussen, Ian P.; Hollingworth, Andrew
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n6 p1406-1418 Dec 2010
In a contextual cuing paradigm, we examined how memory for the spatial structure of a natural scene guides visual search. Participants searched through arrays of objects that were embedded within depictions of real-world scenes. If a repeated search array was associated with a single scene during study, then array repetition produced significant contextual cuing. However, expression of that learning was dependent on instantiating the original scene in which the learning occurred: Contextual cuing was disrupted when the repeated array was transferred to a different scene. Such scene-specific learning was not absolute, however. Under conditions of high scene variability, repeated search array were learned independently of the scene background. These data suggest that when a consistent environmental structure is available, spatial representations supporting visual search are organized hierarchically, with memory for functional subregions of an environment nested within a representation of the larger scene. (Contains 2 footnotes and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa