A developmental study of visual search behavior

Eleanor J. Gibson, Albert Yonas

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    Abstract

    Children in second, fourth and sixth grades and college sophomores were compared on a visual search and scanning task under three experimental condilions. In Condition I, a single target letter was sought in a list of letters of low visual confusability. In Condition II, two target letters were sought but only one appeared in a given list. In Condition III, a single target letter was sought in a list of letters of high confusability. Search time decreased with age in all three tasks. Searching for two targets was no harder than searching for one. A highly confusable visual context increased search time at all age levels.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)169-171
    Number of pages3
    JournalPerception & Psychophysics
    Volume1
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1966

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