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Please help me ASAP!!!

Postby ssyu » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi, im doing a science fair project and its due on jan 2nd, but im actually on vacation rite now, and luckily there is internet. im on a ship rite now, and when the ship leaves, there will be no more internet and so i need help as soon as possible. please. im doing a project on distractors and targets. The problem is will changing the number of distractors affect the ability of an observer to find the target? i downloaded the software to run the tests, and i have all the results. im actually up to the research now, and i just want to ask what the science is behind this. i know that the more distractors there are the harder it is to find the target, but i dont know why. i already went on all the websites sciencebuddies provided, and i do not understand them. so can someone please help me? what is the science behind this? thank you.
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Re: Please help me ASAP!!!

Postby vysarge » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:57 am

Hello ssyu!

I did a few quick searches- it's talking about a 'visual search', which is really more related to psychology than to computer science.

The idea is that the brain filters objects based on criteria- for example, if the task is to spot a green square in a grid of yellow triangles, the brain might look for green objects. However, if the task is to find a green square in a grid of green triangles and yellow squares, it isn't so simple. The brain might have to look for green objects first, then look through those for a square. Since it has to do more searches, and search more objects, the second task would tend to take longer.

There are apparently a few different theories on how it actually works, though, so I'd recommend searching "visual search" or "psychology visual search" online and finding a few good, understandable sites.

Hope this helped, and if you have any other questions, just ask!

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
-Richard Feynman
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