Seeing the forest before the trees depends on individual field-dependency characteristics

Nicolas Poirel, Arlette Pineau, Gael Jobard, Emmanuel Mellet
Experimental Psychology. 2008-01-01; 55(5): 328-333
DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169.55.5.328

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1. Exp Psychol. 2008;55(5):328-33. doi: 10.1027/1618-3169.55.5.328.

Seeing the forest before the trees depends on individual field-dependency

Poirel N(1), Pineau A(1), Jobard G(1), Mellet E(1).

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(1)Ci-NAPS UMR6232, CNRS, CEA, University Caen and University Paris-Descartes,

Numerous studies have demonstrated that the well-known global precedence effect,
characterized by a visual bias toward global information, is highly dependent on
stimulus characteristics (Kimchi, 1992). Despite the extensive global-local
literature, few studies have investigated how interindividual characteristics
could affect the global precedence effect. In this framework, we studied the
relationship between global-local visual biases and the Group Embedded Figure
Test (GEFT), a standardized measure of field dependency. Data from 34
participants were consistent with the idea that an individual’s bias toward the
global level is linearly related to his or her degree of field dependence. Given
the important role that global-local visual skills play during visuospatial
tasks, these results have important implications for future research in this

DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169.55.5.328
PMID: 25116300 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

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