Archive for June 22nd, 2010
I recently discovered this entertaining video of a simple and impressive change blindness experiment. Here are many additional examples from the lab of psychologist Dan Simons. I’ve also posted on this topic before here. If you like trying to find the changes, can you find the nine changes in this short video?
It’s amazing that we are so oblivious, yet so many of us are also so confident that significant changes won’t will slip past us. This undeserved confidence makes us politically vulnerable too, I believe. It takes massive effort to remember that hundreds of politicians who are making claims this month previously made directly contradictory claims only a few months or a few years ago. Whether it’s a change that occurs over a few seconds or a few years, the problem is similar–inability to attend to all of the details around us, especially when we are not primed to be looking for those changes.
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