The role of perceptual load in object recognition

Lavie, Nilli and Lin, Zhicheng and Zokaei, Nahid and Thoma, Volker (2009) ‘The role of perceptual load in object recognition’, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(5), pp. 1346-1358. (doi:10.1037/a0016454).

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Predictions from perceptual load theory (Lavie, 1995, 2005) regarding object recognition across the same or different viewpoints were tested. Results showed that high perceptual load reduces distracter recognition levels despite always presenting distracter objects from the same view. They also showed that the levels of distracter recognition were unaffected by a change in the distracter object view under conditions of low perceptual load. These results were found both with repetition priming measures of distracter recognition and with performance on a surprise recognition memory test. The results support load theory proposals that distracter recognition critically depends on the level of perceptual load. The implications for the role of attention in object recognition theories are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Lavie, N. et al. (2009) ‘The Role of Perceptual Load in Object Recognition’, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 35 (5) 1346-1358..
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 16:18
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 09:59

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