Change Blindness – test your attention

I posted earlier about the “all of a sudden” syndrome that we so often fall victim to, wherein the phenomenon of “change blindness” often hides important details from our attention. Sometimes this is due to our attention being directed elsewhere, and sometimes it’s because the change occurs in such small, incremental degrees that we fail to notice. (See post for more).

The following are some entertaining videos that illustrate this very point with frightening clarity.

See if you can pass.

My favorite (most entertaining):

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Awareness test (most frightening):

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Most educational and instructive:  (esp. around 1:19)

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2 replies
  1. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    BTW, here’s the quote from the beginning of the last video:

    “An S.E.P. is something that we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s somebody else’s problem. That’s what S.E.P. means. Somebody Else’s Problem. the brain just edits it out; it’s like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won’t see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye.”

    Life, the Universe, and Everything
    Douglas ADAMS


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