On the Speed of Pop-Out in Feature Search

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On the Speed of Pop-Out in Feature Search

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Title: On the Speed of Pop-Out in Feature Search
Author: Turatto, Massimo; Valsecchi, Matteo; Seiffert, Adriane E.; Caramazza, Alfonso

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Citation: Turatto, Massimo, Matteo Valsecchi, Adriane E. Seiffert, and Alfonso Caramazza. 2010. On the speed of pop-out in feature search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 36(5): 1145-1152.
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Abstract: 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.
Published Version: doi:10.1037/a0019960
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10886845
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