Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Search Image

1. mental model against which a visual comparison is made. Search images are formed as animals search for food or mates and optimize behavior by allowing an animal to systematically choose certain resources or individuals and to ignore others.

2. in reference to an animal focusing on a particular item; for example, a primate looking for food may only give its attention to a particular type of fruit at one time as long as it is rewarding to do so; this term is used almost exclusively for selective foraging.

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