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ERIC Number: EJ991066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Effect of Exposure Duration on Visual Character Identification in Single, Whole, and Partial Report
Petersen, Anders; Andersen, Tobias S.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v38 n2 p498-514 Apr 2012
The psychometric function of single-letter identification is typically described as a function of stimulus intensity. However, the effect of stimulus exposure duration on letter identification remains poorly described. This is surprising because the effect of exposure duration has played a central role in modeling performance in whole and partial report (Shibuya & Bundesen, 1988). Therefore, we experimentally investigated visual letter identification as a function of exposure duration. We compared the exponential, the gamma, and the Weibull psychometric functions, all with a temporal offset included, as well as the ex-Gaussian, the log-logistic, and finally the squared-logistic, which is a psychometric function that to our knowledge has not been described before. The log-logistic and the squared-logistic psychometric function fit well to experimental data. Also, we conducted an experiment to test the ability of the psychometric functions to fit single-letter identification data, at different stimulus contrast levels; also here the same psychometric functions prevailed. Finally, after insertion into Bundesen's Theory of Visual Attention (Bundesen, 1990), the same psychometric functions enable closer fits to data from a previous whole and partial report experiment. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark