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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

ISSN (online): 2311-7036


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Stimuli similarity in subsequent search misses

Lanina A.A., Research Assistant, Laboratory for Cognitive Psychology of Digital Interfaces User, Moscow, Russia,
Gorbunova E.S., Ph.D. in Psychology, Lecturer, Chair of General and Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia,
The role of targets categorical similarity in subsequent search misses (SSM) effect, which assumes second target omission after the first target was found in visual search task, was observed. Participant’s task was to search for the targets (even or odd digits) among distracters (odd or ever digits, respectively). On each trial, it could be two, one or no targets. In dual target condition, the targets could be equal digits or different. 22 participants were tested, mean age — 18.73. Accuracy at detecting the second target after the first one was found was compared. Targets similarity had the significant effect on second target detection performance, F (1, 30) = 9.69, p = 0.002, ηp2 = 0.316, and on the search time, F (1, 31) = 28.29, p < 0.000, ηp2 = 0.574. In two dissimilar targets condition the participants missed the second target more often and found it slowly as compared to two similar targets condition. The results are discussed in the context perceptual set and resource depletion theories.

Keywords: visual search, visual attention, perceptual set, subsequent search misses

Column: Cognitive Psychology


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