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

This project is a review of literature on individual differences in 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 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?

Principal Investigator

Professor Nick Donnelly

Institution

University of Southampton, UK

Staff

Outputs

 

Just another face in the crowd – what makes spotting unfamiliar faces difficult?

What can influence our ability to spot faces? Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry discuss their research on facial recognition ability. The ability...Read More »

CREST Guide: What makes spotting faces difficult?

What can influence our ability to spot faces? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide details...Read More »

CREST Guide: Finding hidden targets

What can influence our ability to find hidden targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide...Read More »

CREST Guide: Individual differences in ability to search

What individual differences influence our ability to search? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide presents...Read More »

CREST Guide: Detecting rare targets

Which challenges influence our ability to detect rare targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide...Read More »

CREST Guide: How training and professional experience affect the ability to spot targets

What can influence our ability to spot targets? Based on research by CREST researchers Nick Donnelly, Anne Hillstrom and Natalie Mestry, this guide presents...Read More »