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Exploring Metacognitive Accuracy in Visual Search
Memory & Cognition (2011)
  • Joshua Redford, Boise State University
  • Sean Green
  • Micah Geer
  • Michael Humphrey, Boise State University
  • Keith W. Thiede, Boise State University
For decades, researchers have examined visual search. Much of this work has focused on the factors (e.g., movement, set size, luminance, distractor features and proximity) that influence search speed. However, no research has explored whether people are aware of the influence of these factors. For instance, increases in set size will typically slow down target detection; yet no research has measured participants’ metacognitive awareness of this phenomenon. The present research explores this area by integrating a visual search task with a metacognitive monitoring paradigm. All of the explored factors influenced search latency. However, all of the factors except target presence influenced ratings. Saliency and suppression are discussed as two possible explanations for the results. Future directions for extending the theory and the practical benefits of this research are also outlined.
  • Metacognition,
  • Visual search,
  • Set size,
  • Search asymmetry,
  • Feature overlap
Publication Date
December 1, 2011
Citation Information
Joshua Redford, Sean Green, Micah Geer, Michael Humphrey, et al.. "Exploring Metacognitive Accuracy in Visual Search" Memory & Cognition Vol. 39 Iss. 8 (2011)
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