Memory for the Search Path: Evidence for a High-Capacity Representation of Search History

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Chris Dickinson Ph.D., Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Using a gaze-contingent paradigm, we directly measured observers’ memory capacity for fixated distractor locations during search. After approximately half of the search objects had been fixated, they were masked and a spatial probe appeared at either a previously fixated location or a non-fixated location; observers then rated their confidence that the target had appeared at the probed location. Observers were able to differentiate the 12 most recently fixated distractor locations from non-fixated locations, but analyses revealed that these locations were represented fairly coarsely. We conclude that there exists a high-capacity, but low-resolution, memory for a search path.

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Dickinson, C. A., & Zelinsky, G. J. (2007). Memory for the search path: Evidence for a high-capacity representation of search history. Vision Research, 47(13): 1745–1755. (Jun 2007) Published by Elsevier (ISSN: 1878-5646).
Language: English
Date: 2007

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