The Influence of Attention, Learning, and Motivation on Visual Search

  • Michael D. Dodd
  • John H. Flowers

Part of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation book series (NSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Michael D. Dodd, John H. Flowers
    Pages 1-4
  3. Raymond M. Klein, Yoko Ishigami
    Pages 5-22
  4. Jan Theeuwes
    Pages 23-62
  5. Andrew Hollingworth
    Pages 63-89
  6. Steven Yantis, Brian A. Anderson, Emma K. Wampler, Patryk A. Laurent
    Pages 91-116
  7. Nicholas B. Turk-Browne
    Pages 117-146
  8. Kait Clark, Matthew S. Cain, Stephen H. Adamo, Stephen R. Mitroff
    Pages 147-181
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 208-208

About this book


Visual search is one of our most ubiquitous activities, as anyone who has had a “Where’s my car?” moment can attest. Attending to relevant stimuli while screening out distractions requires a complex set of interactions between visual, neurological, and behavioral processes. While recent years have seen digital technologies both enhance our visual search experiences and present more intricate visual challenges in our everyday lives, advances in research are quickly catching up with the real world.

The Influence of Attention, Learning, and Motivation on Visual Search brings together a number of exciting lines of inquiry into this topic. In keeping with the near-limitless set of variables that influence search, contributors represent scholarship in laboratory and applied settings, cognitive processes intimately involved in search, and related concepts from a variety of disciplines. Chapters delve into current studies on a wide range of component factors relating to search, including:

•             Searching in space and time.

•             Automatic control of visual selection.

•             Guidance of visual search by memory and knowledge.

•             Reward and attentional control in visual search.

•             Statistical learning and its consequences.

•             Overcoming hurdles in translating visual data between the lab and the field.

•             The search termination problem in visual search.

For cognitive and social psychologists, The Influence of Attention, Learning, and Motivation on Visual Search is a stimulating volume that holds multiple possibilities for future developments across a number of behavioral and cognitive domains, from decision-making to problem-solving, from autism and other cognitive deficits to the effects of aging.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Dodd
    • 1
  • John H. Flowers
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA
  2. 2.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4793-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4794-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0146-7875
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