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Does conspicuity enhance distraction? Saliency and eye landing position when searching for objects

Foulsham, T and Underwood, G (2009) 'Does conspicuity enhance distraction? Saliency and eye landing position when searching for objects.' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62 (6). 1088 - 1098. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

While visual saliency may sometimes capture attention, the guidance of eye movements in search is often dominated by knowledge of the target. How is the search for an object influenced by the saliency of an adjacent distractor? Participants searched for a target amongst an array of objects, with distractor saliency having an effect on response time and on the speed at which targets were found. Saliency did not predict the order in which objects in target-absent trials were fixated. The within-target landing position was distributed around a modal position close to the centre of the object. Saliency did not affect this position, the latency of the initial saccade, or the likelihood of the distractor being fixated, suggesting that saliency affects the allocation of covert attention and not just eye movements. © 2009 The Experimental Psychology Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2011 19:55
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1222

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