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The Limits of AttentionTemporal Constraints in Human Information Processing$
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Kimron Shapiro

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198505150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505150.001.0001

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Getting beyond the serial/parallel debate in visual search: a hybrid approach

Getting beyond the serial/parallel debate in visual search: a hybrid approach

(p.178) 9 Getting beyond the serial/parallel debate in visual search: a hybrid approach
The Limits of Attention

Cathleen M. Moore

Jeremy M. Wolfe

Oxford University Press

The question of whether visual search involves at least one item-by-item serial processing stage or whether instead it is an entirely parallel process has been debated for decades. Recently, estimates of ‘attentional dwell-time’, which is the time required to reallocate attention from one item to another, have been brought to bear on this question. This chapter reviews this and other classes of evidence that favor serial or parallel models of visual search, and concludes that hybrid models that are neither strictly serial nor strictly parallel are better candidates for describing human visual search. The chapter ends with a sketch of one such model, and some of its possibilities.

Keywords:   visual search, serial processing, parallel processing, hybrid model, attention, information processing

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