Beech J R, 1979, "Scanning visual images: implications for the representation of space" Perception 8(6) 621 – 628
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Scanning visual images: implications for the representation of space
John R Beech
Received 1 February 1979, in revised form 2 September 1979
Abstract. This study investigated whether reaction time to detect an item within an image increases as a monotonic function of the relative or the absolute distance from the starting item to the probed item within the image. It was found that when relative probed distances were manipulated and absolute distances kept constant and, conversely, when absolute distances were manipulated and relative distances kept constant, reaction times were invariant across relative distance but increased as a function of increasing absolute distance. This result may be interpreted either in terms of operations within an imaginal representation or in terms of operations on prepositional statements underlying the image.
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