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12 February 2013 Human search with a limited field of view: effects of scan speed, aperture size, and target conspicuity
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We investigate how human visual search performance with field of view (FOV) restrictions depends on scan speed, zoom factor, target location, and conspicuity. First, observers search a FOV that moves at a constant speed along a predefined path over a visual search scene (the field of regard, or FOR), and we measure the effects of scan speed, zoom factor, FOV size, target location, and conspicuity on search performance (detection time and probability). Then observers search either visual or thermal scenes by freely moving a joystick-controlled FOV over the FOR, while freely selecting the zoom factor in some conditions, and we measure the effects of the scan path characteristics and the use of different strategies on search performance. Search performance depends on the effective FOV size (the area where targets are expected to occur), but is largely independent of the display area. Both for visual and thermal imagery, various search performance measures correlate with target conspicuity. The results of both experiments suggest that observers can optimize their performance by adjusting their scanning behavior both to their visual limitations and to the expected target conspicuity. We present the outlines of a simple search model based on these current findings.
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Maarten A. Hogervorst, Alexander Toet, and Piet Bijl "Human search with a limited field of view: effects of scan speed, aperture size, and target conspicuity," Optical Engineering 52(4), 041106 (12 February 2013).
Published: 12 February 2013

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