Since its inception, psychology has studied position effects. But the position was a temporal one in sequential presentation, and the dependent variables related to memory and learning. This paper attempts to survey position effects when position is spatial (namely, position=location), all stimuli are presented simultaneously, and the dependent variable is choice. Unlike the ubiquitous "serial position curve", position effects in simultaneous choice are not consistent. A middle bias (advantage to being away from the edges) is the most common, but advantages to being first, last, or both, have also been recorded.
Published in: W. Brun, G. Keren, G. Kirkeboen, & H. Montgomery (eds.) Acting in a Social World: The Role of Intuitive Decision Processes. Essays in honor of Karl Halvor Teigen. Oslo: Norwegian University Press.