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Effects of the experimental manipulation of Fourier components of naturalistic imagery on search performance and eye-tracking behavior
Author(s): Alan R. Pinkus; James S. Garrett; Tiffany M. Paul; Allan J. Pantle
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Paper Abstract

Historically, visual search experiments used artificial stimuli (simple shapes) as targets and distractors arranged in an imaginary array of cells on a blank background. Little research on search behavior has been conducted with naturalistic stimuli and a frequency-domain framework. With the common metric provided by Fourier analysis, it is possible to compare the effects of various frequency-domain components on search efficiency.1 In the current study, we experimentally manipulated the spectral content of target and distractor (background) cells filled with spatially filtered segments of real-life scenes. Our experimental design included two types of spatial filters, orientation (some frequency overlap between target and distractor) and spatial frequency (no overlap), and uniform distractor (target and distractors filtered similarly) and mixed distractor (only half distractors filtered like the target) conditions. Generally, observers found the target more quickly and were more confident in their performance in the mixed condition. Observers were faster, more accurate, and more confident in the spatial filter condition than in the orientation filter condition. Overall, observers spent less time (fixation duration) and effort (fixation frequency) examining dissimilar distractors. The effect with the fixation frequency measure was magnified when the spatial frequency filter was used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9474, Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXIV, 94740X (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176597
Show Author Affiliations
Alan R. Pinkus, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James S. Garrett, Consortium Research Fellows Program (United States)
Tiffany M. Paul, Consortium Research Fellows Program (United States)
Allan J. Pantle, Miami Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9474:
Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXIV
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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