Abrupt visual onsets and selective attention: evidence from visual search.

@article{Yantis1984AbruptVO,
  title={Abrupt visual onsets and selective attention: evidence from visual search.},
  author={Steven Yantis and John Jonides},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={1984},
  volume={10 5},
  pages={601-21}
}
The effect of temporal discontinuity on visual search was assessed by presenting a display in which one item had an abrupt onset, while other items were introduced by gradually removing line segments that camouflaged them. We hypothesized that an abrupt onset in a visual display would capture visual attention, giving this item a processing advantage over items lacking an abrupt leading edge. This prediction was confirmed in Experiment 1. We designed a second experiment to ensure that this… CONTINUE READING
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