Search through complex motion displays does not break down under spatial memory load

J. Hulleman, C.N.L. Olivers

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Abstract

Recent work has shown that observers are remarkably effective in searching displays of randomly moving items. In two experiments, we combined working memory tasks with visual search, to test whether search through such complex motion displays, as compared with search through static items, places an extra burden on spatial working memory. In our first experiment, we show that the dual-task interference observed for motion search is specific to spatial working memory, in line with earlier work for static search. In our second experiment, we found dual-task interference for both static and motion search, but no difference between them. The results support the suggestion that the same search process is active during search among static and search among moving items. © 2013 Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-658
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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