Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 249–263

Information processing in visual search: A continuous flow conception and experimental results

  • Charles W. Eriksen
  • Derek W. Schultz
Article

DOI: 10.3758/BF03198804

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Eriksen, C.W. & Schultz, D.W. Perception & Psychophysics (1979) 25: 249. doi:10.3758/BF03198804

Abstract

This paper reexamines the visual search process, and visual information processing more generally, from a perspective of the continuous flow of information and responses through the visual system. The results from three experiments are reported which support the continuous flow conception: Information accumulates gradually in the visual system, with concurrent priming of responses. The first two experiments investigated the processing of display stimuli which varied in size and figure-ground contrast in a nonsearch task, and provided evidence confirming a continuous flow model. Experiment 3 employed an asynchronous onset of target and noise and provided convergent evidence of the accumulative nature of information and response priming in visual processing.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Eriksen
    • 1
  • Derek W. Schultz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign