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Contextual cueing in multiconjunction visual search is dependent on color- and configuration-based intertrial contingencies

Geyer, T. and Shi, Z.H. and Muller, Hermann J. (2010) Contextual cueing in multiconjunction visual search is dependent on color- and configuration-based intertrial contingencies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 36 (3), pp. 515-532. ISSN 0096-1523.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0017448

Abstract

Three experiments examined memory-based guidance of visual search using a modified version of the contextual-cueing paradigm (Jiang & Chun, 2001). The target, if present, was a conjunction of color and orientation, with target (and distractor) features randomly varying across trials (multiconjunction search). Under these conditions, reaction times (RTs) were faster when all items in the display appeared at predictive ("old") relative to nonpredictive ("new") locations. However, this RT benefit was smaller compared to when only one set of items, namely that sharing the target's color (but not that in the alternative color) appeared in predictive arrangement. In all conditions, contextual cueing was reliable on both target-present and -absent trials and enhanced if a predictive display was preceded by a predictive (though differently arranged) display, rather than a nonpredictive display. These results suggest that (I) contextual cueing is confined to color subsets of items, that (2) retrieving contextual associations for one color subset of items can be impeded by associations formed within the alternative subset ("contextual interference"), and (3) that contextual cueing is modulated by intertrial priming.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): contextual cueing, cross-trial priming, detection task, visual grouping
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3148

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