Effect of display size on visual attention

I-Ping Chen*, Chia Ning Liao, Shih Hao Yeh

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Attention plays an important role in the design of human-machine interfaces. However, current knowledge about attention is largely based on data obtained when using devices of moderate display size. With advancement in display technology comes the need for understanding attention behavior over a wider range of viewing sizes. The effect of display size on test participants' visual search performance was studied. The participants (N = 12) performed two types of visual search tasks, that is, parallel and serial search, under three display-size conditions (16°, 32°, and 60°). Serial, but not parallel, search was affected by display size. In the serial task, mean reaction time for detecting a target increased with the display size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-974
Number of pages16
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2011


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