Search asymmetries? What search asymmetries?

  title={Search asymmetries? What search asymmetries?},
  author={R Rosenholtz},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  volume={63 3},
In order to establish a search asymmetry, one must run an experiment with a symmetric design and get asymmetric results. Given an asymmetric design, one expects asymmetric results, and such results do not imply an asymmetry in the search mechanisms. In this paper, I argue that a number of experiments purporting to show search asymmetries contain built-in design asymmetries. A saliency model of visual search predicts the results of these experiments, using only a simple measure of target… CONTINUE READING
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