In the present study we examined the degree to which contour and color could be used to minimize focused attention costs. Twelve subjects performed a task in which they were instructed to respond to a centrally located stimulus and ignore flanking items. The flankers could be either compatible or incompatible with the response of the target. Additionally, the flankers could be embedded in the same object as the target or embedded in different objects. When the target and flankers were embedded in the same object, performance was poorer when the target was surrounded by response incompatible items than when it was surrounded by compatible items. However, the response compatibility effect was eliminated when the target and flankers were embedded in different objects. The results are interpreted within a hybrid space/object-based model of visual attention.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Human Factors Society|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1990|
|Event||Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 34th Annual Meeting - Orlando '90 - Orlando, FL, USA|
Duration: Oct 8 1990 → Oct 12 1990
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