, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 319-327

A two-stage model of visual search


A two-stage visual search model is described. Four experiments show that in a VM paradigm sequential presentation of the display leads to increases in accuracy and decreases in latency. Slower presentation rates allow for faster transfer of the target from iconic to short-term memory. When target and background items are dissimilar, transfer to short-term memory need not take place and decisions can be made on the basis of the Stage 1 analysis. These results are taken as confirming evidence for the proposed model.

This research was supported by NIMH Grant 27110.