The perception of identity in simultaneously presented complex visual displays

Wayne P. Silverman

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Two experiments were conducted in order to examine the information processing in a visual matching task, using digit sequences of varying complexity as the stimuli. Traditionally, reaction times for "same" judgments do not fit into a single-process self-terminating feature testing model, while those for "different" judgments do. Bamber (1969) proposed a two-stage model to account for the data, and the results of these experiments support this type of model. Strong evidence implying that Bamber's "identity reporter" has a limited capacity in terms of stimulus complexity was also found. This complexity seems to be deemed by stimulus discriminability and the number of "chunks" of information rather than by "bits" of information being transmitted (Miller, 1956).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
JournalMemory & Cognition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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