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Preview search with moving stimuli was investigated. The stimuli moved in multiple directions, and preview items could change either their color or their shape before onset of the new (search) displays. In Experiments 1 and 2, the authors found that (a) a preview benefit occurred even when more than 5 moving items had to be ignored, and (b) color change, but not shape change, disrupted preview search in moving stimuli. In contrast, shape change, but not color change, disrupted preview search in static stimuli (Experiments 3 and 4). Results suggest that preview search with moving displays is influenced by inhibition of a color map, whereas preview search with static displays is influenced by inhibition of locations of old distractors.

Original publication




Journal article


J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform

Publication Date





779 - 792


Adult, Color Perception, Female, Humans, Inhibition, Psychological, Male, Motion Perception, Random Allocation, Reaction Time, Visual Perception