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When people look for things in their environment they use a target template - a mental representation of the object they are attempting to locate - to guide their attention

When people look for things in their environment they use a target template - a mental representation of the object they are attempting to locate - to guide their attention around a scene and to assess incoming visual input to determine if they have found that for which they are searching. However, unlike laboratory experiments, searchers in the real-world rarely have perfect knowledge regarding the appearance of their target. In five experiments (with nearly 1,000 participants), we examined how the precision of the observer's template affects their ability to conduct visual search.

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    • 2013
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    • Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2013
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    • Includes bibliographical references (p. 118-133)
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    • Field of study: Psychology

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    by Michael C. Hout

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