Inhibition of Return to Successively Stimulated Locations in a Sequential Visual Search Paradigm

Shai Danziger, Alan Kingstone, Janice J. Snyder

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Abstract

The inhibition of return (IOR) effect refers to a slowing in response time for a target that appears at a previously attended location. Many investigators have speculated that IOR's inherent ecological validity may be to ensure an efficient search of a complex environment by creating a bias against returning to locations that have already been investigated. Unfortunately, this intriguing idea has lacked compelling empirical support. The current study addressed this issue. It was shown that in a novel visual search task, the IOR could dwell at a minimum of 3 spatially noncontiguous locations. These data suggest that IOR may serve as an important mechanism for facilitating visual search in complex environments, by inhibiting attention from returning to previously inspected locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1467-1475
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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