Efficient visual search by category: specifying the features that mark the difference between artifacts and animals in preattentive vision.

@article{Levin2001EfficientVS,
  title={Efficient visual search by category: specifying the features that mark the difference between artifacts and animals in preattentive vision.},
  author={Daniel T. Levin and Yukari Takarae and Andrew Gregory Miner and Florian Keil},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  year={2001},
  volume={63 4},
  pages={
          676-97
        }
}
In this report, we explored the features that support visual search for broadly inclusive natural categories. We used a paradigm in which subjects searched for a randomly selected target from one category (e.g., one of 32 line drawings of artifacts or animals in displays ranging from three to nine items) among a mixed set of distractors from the other. We found that search was surprisingly fast. Target-present slopes for animal targets among artifacts ranged from 10.8 to 16.0 msec/item, and… CONTINUE READING
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