Inhibition of return is a foraging facilitator in visual search

R M Klein, Joe MacInnes

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Abstract

Using overt orienting, participants searched a complex visual scene for a camouflaged target (Waldo from the "Where's Waldo? (TM)" books). After several saccades, we presented an uncamouflaged probe (black disk) while removing or maintaining the scene, and participants were required to locate this probe by foventing it. Inhibition of return was observed as a relative increase in the rime required to locate these probes when they were in the general region of a previous fixation, but only when the search array I remained present. Perhaps also reflecting inhibition of return, preprobe saccades showed a strong directional bias away from a previously fixated region. Together with recent studies that replicate the finding of inhibition at distracter locations following serial bur not parallel visual search-so long as the search array remains visible-these darn strongly support the proposal that inhibition of return functions to facilitate visual search by inhibiting orienting to previously examined locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Science
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

Keywords

  • CUED SPATIAL LOCATIONS
  • DISCRIMINATION TASKS
  • ATTENTION
  • DISINHIBITION
  • OCCUR

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Klein, R. M., & MacInnes, J. (1999). Inhibition of return is a foraging facilitator in visual search. Psychological Science, 10(4), 346-352.