Striking results recently demonstrated that visualising search for a target can facilitate visual search for that target on subsequent trials [Reinhart et al., 2015]. This visualisation beneﬁt was even greater than the beneﬁt of actually repeating search for the target. We registered a close replication and generalisation of the original experiment. Our results show clear beneﬁts of repeatedly searching for the same target, but we found no beneﬁt associated with visualisation. The diﬃculty of the search task and the ability to monitor compliance with instructions to visualise are both possible explanations for the failure to replicate, and both should be carefully considered in future research exploring this interesting phenomenon.
- mental imagery
- visual attention
- visual search
- open materials
Clarke, A. D. F., Barr, C., & Hunt, A. R. (2016). The eﬀect of visualization on visual search performance: Does visualization trump vision? . Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 78(8), 2357-2362. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1174-8