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Interactions between search mechanisms in conjunction search.

Authors
  • Olds, E S
  • Jolicoeur, P
  • Cowan, W B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2001
Volume
55
Issue
4
Pages
285–295
Identifiers
PMID: 11768853
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report the results of a technique designed to measure interactions between different visual search processes. We interrupted pop-out search before it produced a detection response, by adding extra distractors to the display so that a target initially defined by a single feature difference (e.g., a yellow horizontal line among yellow vertical lines) could then only be found on the basis of the conjunction of two features (a yellow horizontal line among yellow vertical lines and pink horizontal lines; difficult search). This technique has been used to measure the duration of the perceptual components of pop-out search, independent of over-all response time, for targets presented among different sets of distractors. In addition, when pop-out failed because it was interrupted, past work has shown that it nevertheless provided useful information to the processes responsible for difficult search. That is, partial pop-out assisted difficult search, when extra distractors made search difficult because the target was between the two types of distractors in the relevant feature space (Olds, Cowan, & Jolicoeur, 2000a,b,c). The present results demonstrate that partial pop-out also assists difficult search when difficult search is a conjunction search, and therefore these interactions may occur at a stage where information from different feature dimensions is combined.

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