Psychologists who study the fascinating phenomenon of change blindness know that merely looking at something is not the same as actively paying attention to it. As the demonstration in this video shows, people can be blind to significant changes in a visual scene that are obvious to someone who expects that these changes are going to happen

Originally posted at NOVA

Category: Cognitive Foibles, Video

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3 Responses to “Change Blindness”

  1. S Brennan says:

    Smart phones and driving…turning on a navvie is bad enough, but looking at lists of restaurants, or texting….far worse than DUI. Yesterday, of the six cars I could view at a stoplight, EVERY SINGLE PERSON was FULLY engaged with their smart phone. And yes, they had been driving like crap, relying others to compensate for their idiocy. Because what truly important to them, was on their little screen.

    We need automatic cars, people just can’t pay attention, they can’t stop themselves, currently these people kill ~10-20,000 a year with no effect enforcement possible, the steering wheel, brake pedal & accelerator needs to go.

  2. [...] in our immediate environment. When something unexpected happens, we become rigid and we respond by employing some habitual tactic. If events change quickly, we are easily overwhelmed and lose control. The fearless are not afraid [...]

  3. [...] in our immediate environment. When something unexpected happens, we become rigid and we respond by employing some habitual tactic. If events change quickly, we are easily overwhelmed and lose control. The fearless are not afraid [...]