Picture Detection in Rapid Serial Visual Presentation: Features or Identity?

Mary C. Potter, Brad Wyble, Rijuta Pandav, Jennifer Olejarczyk

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A pictured object can be readily detected in a rapid serial visual presentation sequence when the target is specified by a superordinate category name such as animal or vehicle. Are category features the initial basis for detection, with identification of the specific object occurring in a second stage (Evans & Treisman, 2005), or is identification of the object the basis for detection? When 2 targets in the same superordinate category are presented successively (lag 1), only the identification-first hypothesis predicts lag 1 sparing of the second target. The results of 2 experiments with novel pictures and a wide range of categories supported the identification-first hypothesis and a transient-attention model of lag 1 sparing and the attentional blink (Wyble, Bowman, & Potter, 2009).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1486-1494
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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