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The Effects of Time Limitations on Target Identification

In order to streamline image interpretation, we studied the effects of limited exposure durations on performance in a target identification task .Two psychophysical experiments were conducted to examine the performance of 36 expert image analysts. The targets were presented on three image-quality levels (easy, medium, and difficult). The results showed that limiting exposure to an image to four seconds does not impair the analysts' performance, meaning that  four seconds will suffice for identification in an image interpretation task, regardless of the quality of the image. This finding suggests that limiting the exposure duration during actual image interpretation would be beneficial as this would shorten the total amount of time needed for interpretation without reducung the probability of correct identification. Most importantly, this result implies that xbtaining optimal results does not require an unlimited time. Foe experts in their field, a quick decision might yield equivalent outcomes.

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