Multiple Object Tracking and the Division of the Attentional Spotlight in a Realistic Tracking Environment

dc.contributor.advisorTrick, Lana M.
dc.contributor.authorLochner, Martin J.
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-06T14:45:43Z
dc.date.available2012-01-06T14:45:43Z
dc.date.copyright2012-01
dc.date.created2011-12-15
dc.date.issued2012-01-06
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.programmeNeuroscienceen_US
dc.description.abstractThe multiple object tracking task (Pylyshyn and Storm, 1988) has long been a standard tool for use in understanding how we attend to multiple moving points in the visual field. In the current experiments, it is first demonstrated that this classical task can be adapted for use in a simulated driving environment, where it is commonly thought to apply. Standard requirements of driving (steering, maintaining headway) are shown to reduce tracking ability. Subsequent experiments (2a, 2b, 2c) investigate the way in which participants respond to events at target and distractor locations, and have bearing on Pylyshyn’s (1989) “indexing” hypothesis. The final experiment investigates the effect of the colour-composition of the tracking set on performance, and may have implications for our theoretical understanding of how tracking is performed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAUTO21
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipCANDrive
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/3237
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectdivided attentionen_US
dc.subjectmultiple object trackingen_US
dc.subjectdriving simulationen_US
dc.subjectdual tasken_US
dc.titleMultiple Object Tracking and the Division of the Attentional Spotlight in a Realistic Tracking Environmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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