A Breakdown in Simultaneous Information Processing

  • Richard F. Haines
Part of the Perspectives in Vision Research book series (PIVR)


The ability to detect accurately, recognize, and extract useful information from two superimposed sources of visual information at the same time is of both theoretical and practical interest. The scientific literature in such areas as the psychology of attentional processes, cognitive processing, sensory channel capacity, and other fields contains numerous such studies. Among them are the early auditory perception research of Broadbent (1952, 1958) in which he proposed a single-channel filter theory of information processing, Treisman’s (1960) modified sequential processing model involving a two-stage filter, and Deutsch and Deutsch’s (1963) preattentive parallel processing model. Most past visual research employed simple stimuli (point light sources, simple geometric shapes, etc.). Nevertheless, the effectiveness of information transfer using more complex, real-life stimulus fields demanded further study from the standpoint of helping to design modern instrumentation for commercial turbojet airplane flight.


Point Light Source Flight Crew Simple Geometric Shape Flight Training Human Factor Society 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard F. Haines
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  1. 1.Research Institute for Advanced Computer ScienceAmes Research Center-NASAMoffett FieldUSA

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