Search asymmetry: a diagnostic for preattentive processing of separable features.

@article{Treisman1985SearchAA,
  title={Search asymmetry: a diagnostic for preattentive processing of separable features.},
  author={Anne Treisman and J. W. Souther},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={1985},
  volume={114 3},
  pages={285-310}
}
The search rate for a target among distractors may vary dramatically depending on which stimulus plays the role of target and which that of distractors. For example, the time required to find a circle distinguished by an intersecting line is independent of the number of regular circles in the display, whereas the time to find a regular circle among circles with lines increases linearly with the number of distractors. The pattern of performance suggests parallel processing when the target has a… CONTINUE READING
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