The article analyzes the problem of top-down influences on visual information processing by the example of the phenomenon «the word superiority effect». The authors illustrate the situation of visual search of a letter in alphabetic lines, where the letter may be in a random string of letters and words. It is assumed that allocation of the word like the perceptual unit doesn’t an automatic process. The research showed that spontaneous allocation of words by search of a letter is possible; however it is mediated by the mutual arrangement of target letters and words in the form. The evidence is given that the solution of an experimental task involves not a single process of attention with phenomenal and productive aspects, but there are two classes of processes among which only one can be referred to attention.
The heterogeneity of our visual environment typically reduces the speed with which a singleton target can be found. Visual search theories explain this via nontarget similarities and dissimilarities that affect grouping, perceptual noise, etc. Here, we show that increasing the heterogeneity of a display can facilitate rather than inhibit visual search for size and orientation singletons when heterogeneous features smoothly fill the transition between highly distinguishable nontargets. We suggest that this smooth transition reduce the “segmentability” of dissimilar items to otherwise separate subsets making the visual system to treat them as a near-homogenous sets opposing to a singleton.
This volume presents new results in the study and optimization of information transmission models in telecommunication networks using different approaches, mainly based on theiries of queueing systems and queueing networks .
The paper provides a number of proposed draft operational guidelines for technology measurement and includes a number of tentative technology definitions to be used for statistical purposes, principles for identification and classification of potentially growing technology areas, suggestions on the survey strategies and indicators. These are the key components of an internationally harmonized framework for collecting and interpreting technology data that would need to be further developed through a broader consultation process. A summary of definitions of technology already available in OECD manuals and the stocktaking results are provided in the Annex section.