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Developmental Differences in the Field of View during Covert and Overt Search

Leon K. Miller
Child Development
Vol. 44, No. 2 (Jun., 1973), pp. 247-252
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128043
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128043
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Abstract

First, third, and sixth graders and college students were asked to find a single target letter located at various positions in a large letter array under conditions permitting varying degrees of overt visual search. Largest age differences were found for longer exposure durations and, under some conditions, for targets appearing toward the periphery of the array. Marked age differences were also found in the tendency for letters to be detected more accurately on the right than on the left, the effect being largest for the youngest Ss. These differences were discussed in terms of 2 variables contributing to search performance: information processing speed and decentered, balanced exploration of the array.

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