Differences in the Ability to Spot Rare, Non-salient or Hidden Targets

This project reviews the literature on individual differences in the ability to detect rare, hidden, or non-salient targets, and a reanalysis of existing data to pull out the impact of individual differences.

This project reviews the literature on individual differences in the ability to detect rare, hidden, or non-salient targets, and a reanalysis of existing data to pull out the impact of individual differences.

Studies include spotting unfamiliar faces, use of radar and x-ray technology to locate hidden, new or removed objects and the use of CCTV.

Research questions

  • How does human variability affect the ability to search efficiently and effectively for rare or non-salient targets, or to detect rare or non-salient differences between objects?
  • What does the research literature tell us about how training might improve such search, and with whom it might be most effective?

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