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Task specificity and the influence of memory on visual search: comment on Võ and Wolfe (2012).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23205947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent results from Võ and Wolfe (2012b) suggest that the application of memory to visual search may be task specific: Previous experience searching for an object facilitated later search for that object, but object information acquired during a different task did not appear to transfer to search. The latter inference depended on evidence that a preview task did not improve later search, but Võ and Wolfe used a relatively insensitive, between-subjects design. Here, we replicated the Võ and Wolfe study using a within-subject manipulation of scene preview. A preview session (focused either on object location memory or on the assessment of object semantics) reliably facilitated later search. In addition, information acquired from distractors in a scene-facilitated search when the distractor later became the target. Instead of being strongly constrained by task, visual memory is applied flexibly to guide attention and gaze during visual search.
Andrew Hollingworth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1939-1277     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  2013-05-10     Revised Date:  2013-12-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1596-603     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Eye Movements / physiology*
Learning / physiology*
Memory, Episodic*
Space Perception / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
R01 EY017356/EY/NEI NIH HHS; R01 EY017356/EY/NEI NIH HHS
Comment On:
J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2012 Feb;38(1):23-41   [PMID:  21688939 ]

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