This thesis describes the developments in visual search behavior during adolescence, using a longitudinal design. It also describes the correlations between visual search behavior and other visuospatial characteristics such as visuospatial ability and visuospatial memory. The results describe, among others, the increase of visuospatial ability and visuospatial memory during adolescence and the finding that older children search faster than younger children while maintaining the same level of accuracy.
The main conclusions of this research are:
1. the changes during adolescence in visual search behavior can be fully described by the increasing visuospatial ability during adolescence, and
2. search behavior becomes more efficient with the repetition of the search task. This thesis end with some suggestions for further research, based, among other things, on two pilot experiments carried out in recent years.

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Keywords visuospatial ability, adolescence, age, Design Organization Test (DOT), Block Design test, visuospatial memory, Non-verbal memory, development, cognition, visual search, peripheral selection, foveal discrimination, fixation duration, saccade selection, longitudinal
Promotor M.A. Frens (Maarten) , I.Th.C. Hooge (Ignace) , J.N. van der Geest (Jos)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
ISBN 978-94-6332-388-8
Persistent URL
Burggraaf, R. (2018, October 16). Development of Visual Search Behavior during Adolescence. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from