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A search asymmetry reversed by figure-ground assignment.

Abstract:

We report evidence demonstrating that a search asymmetry favoring concave over convex targets can be reversed by altering the figure-ground assignment of edges in shapes. Visual search for a concave target among convex distractors is faster than search for a convex target among concave distractors (a search asymmetry). By using shapes with ambiguous local figure-ground relations, we demonstrated that search can be efficient (with search slopes around 10 ms/item) or inefficient (with search sl...

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10.1111/1467-9280.00241

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Journal:
Psychological science
Volume:
11
Issue:
3
Pages:
196-201
Publication date:
2000-05-05
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EISSN:
1467-9280
ISSN:
0956-7976
URN:
uuid:343cace8-9dfa-4b47-b898-1ced1b5153ac
Source identifiers:
311369
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pubs:311369

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