A feature-weighting account of priming in conjunction search

Becker, Stefanie I. and Horstmann, Gernot (2009) A feature-weighting account of priming in conjunction search. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 71 2: 258-272. doi:10.3758/APP.71.2.258

Author Becker, Stefanie I.
Horstmann, Gernot
Title A feature-weighting account of priming in conjunction search
Journal name Attention Perception & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-3921
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/APP.71.2.258
Volume 71
Issue 2
Start page 258
End page 272
Total pages 15
Editor Jeremy M Wolfe
Place of publication United States
Publisher Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Previous research on the priming effect in conjunction search has shown that repeating the target and distractor features across displays speeds mean response times but does not improve search efficiency: Repetitions do not reduce the set size effect—that is, the effect of the number of distractor items—but only modulate the intercept of the search function. In the present study, we investigated whether priming modulates search efficiency when a conjunctively defined target randomly changes between red and green. The results from an eyetracking experiment show that repeating the target across trials reduced the set size effect and, thus, did enhance search efficiency. Moreover, the probability of selecting the target as the first item in the display was higher when the target-distractor displays were repeated across trials than when they changed. Finally, red distractors were selected more frequently than green distractors when the previous target had been red (and vice versa). Taken together, these results indicate that priming in conjunction search modulates processes concerned with guiding attention to the target, by assigning more attentional weight to features sharing the previous target's color.
Keyword Psychology
Visual task performance
Visual search
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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