A taxonomy of errors in multiple-target visual search

Journal Article

Multiple-target visual searches are especially error prone; once one target is found, additional targets are likely to be missed. This phenomenon, often called satisfaction of search (which we refer to here as subsequent search misses; SSMs), is well known in radiology, despite no existing consensus about the underlying cause(s). Taking a cognitive laboratory approach, we propose that there are multiple causes of SSMs and present a taxonomy of SSMs based on searchers' eye movements during a multiple-target search task, including both previously identified and novel sources of SSMs. The types and distributions of SSMs revealed effects of working memory load, search strategy, and additional causal factors, suggesting that there is no single cause of SSMs. A multifaceted approach is likely needed to understand the psychological causes of SSMs and then to mitigate them in applied settings such as radiology and baggage screening. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cain, MS; Adamo, SH; Mitroff, SR

Published Date

  • August 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 899 - 921

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-0716

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1350-6285

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13506285.2013.843627

Citation Source

  • Scopus