Post-search IOR: Searching for inhibition of return after search.


Danube University Krems, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria; University of Graz, Institute of Psychology, Universitätsplatz 2/III, 8010 Graz, Austria. Electronic address: [Email]


Previous research has indicated that Inhibition of return (IOR) supports visual search by discouraging the re-inspection of recently inspected items during search. However, it is not clear whether IOR persists after a search is completed or whether this depends on the presence of a further search in the same display. To investigate this issue, we had participants search consecutively twice in the same display (Experiment 1). Immediately after the end of the first search and after the end of the second search we probed an item which had been recently inspected or not in the previous search. The results showed that IOR as measured by the saccadic latency to the probed items was absent after the end of each of the two successive searches. In Experiment 2, we measured both saccadic latencies and manual responses in a single-search paradigm. We found that IOR during and after the search was present for saccadic responses but absent for manual responses. This suggests that IOR during and after a visual search depends on the modality of the response and the number of required searches.


Inhibition of return,Manual response,Saccadic response,Visual search,