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ERIC Number: EJ932346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Picture Detection in Rapid Serial Visual Presentation: Features or Identity?
Potter, Mary C.; Wyble, Brad; Pandav, Rijuta; Olejarczyk, Jennifer
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n6 p1486-1494 Dec 2010
A pictured object can be readily detected in a rapid serial visual presentation sequence when the target is specified by a superordinate category name such as "animal" or "vehicle". Are category features the initial basis for detection, with identification of the specific object occurring in a second stage (Evans & Treisman, 2005), or is identification of the object the basis for detection? When 2 targets in the same superordinate category are presented successively (lag 1), only the identification-first hypothesis predicts lag 1 sparing of the second target. The results of 2 experiments with novel pictures and a wide range of categories supported the identification-first hypothesis and a transient-attention model of lag 1 sparing and the attentional blink (Wyble, Bowman, & Potter, 2009). (Contains 4 footnotes and 5 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: Massachusetts