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Additional-singleton interference in efficient visual search: a common salience route for detection and compound tasks

Zehetleitner, M. and Proulx, M.J. and Muller, Hermann J. (2009) Additional-singleton interference in efficient visual search: a common salience route for detection and compound tasks. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics 71 (8), pp. 1760-1770. ISSN 1943-3921.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/APP.71.8.1760

Abstract

In efficient search for feature singleton targets, additional singletons (ASs) defined in a nontarget dimension are frequently found to interfere with performance. All search tasks that are processed via a spatial saliency map of the display would be predicted to be subject to such AS interference. In contrast, dual-route models, such as feature integration theory, assume that singletons are detected not via a saliency map, but via a nonspatial route that is immune to interference from cross-dimensional ASs. Consistent with this, a number of studies have reported absent interference effects in detection tasks. However, recent work suggests that the failure to find such effects may be due to the particular frequencies at which ASs were presented, as well as to their relative saliency. These two factors were examined in the present study. In contrast to previous reports, cross-dimensional ASs were found to slow detection (target-present and target-absent) responses, modulated by both their frequency of occurrence and saliency (relative to the target). These findings challenge dual-route models and support single-route models, such as dimension weighting and guided search.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2496

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