Goal oriented search in contextual cueing

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dc.contributor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly
dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.advisor Merrill, Edward C.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Allison L.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:49:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:49:28Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001325
dc.identifier.other Thomas_alatus_0004M_11676
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1792
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Much research has shown contextual cueing effects in which target location reaction times were faster due to the implicit learning of repeated predictable displays. The current research seeks to employ this traditional method of search by using goal-directed top-down strategies to locate two separate targets predicted by the same distractor layouts to produce contextual cueing in passive search, testing the flexibility of implicit learning in contextual cueing. There were two groups of 30 participants in the study recruited from the University of Alabama psychology 101 subject pool. One group searched for two targets in two different contexts while the second group searched for two targets in the same context in two independent learning phases. During the test phase both the learned predictable displays and novel, unpredictable displays were presented. Response times for the predictable displays were compared to the response times for the unpredictable displays for each group, determining the degree of contextual cueing. Response times were faster for the predictable displays during the test phase compared to the unpredictable displays, a result of contextual cueing. There was a large main effect of predictability for the target T F (1, 58) =183.96, p<.000, with a partial eta squared of .760 and a large main effect of predictability for target L F (1, 57) =32.350, p<.000 with a partial eta squared of .362. These results suggest that it is possible for contextual cueing to be sensitive to current goals.
dc.format.extent 36 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Goal oriented search in contextual cueing
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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