Parallel processing of multielement displays

Howard Egeth, John Jonides, Sally Wall

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The spatiotemporal characteristics of mechanisms that extract information from complex alphanumeric displays were investigated in a series of experiments using search and same-different detection tasks. Under several (but not all) experimental conditions the functions relating reaction time to the number of elements in the display were flat. Such data are consistent with a model in which individual elements are examined by independent parallel channels. Interestingly, this model was appropriate even in a search task in which the target was specified as any digit and the nontargets were a random assortment of letters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-698
Number of pages25
JournalCognitive Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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