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Change Blindness

Posted by The Situationist Staff on September 27, 2009

From Wikipedia:

In visual perception, change blindness is the phenomenon that occurs when a person viewing a visual scene apparently fails to detect large changes in the scene. For change blindness to occur, the change in the scene typically has to coincide with some visual disruption such as a saccade (eye movement) or a brief obscuration of the observed scene or image. When looking at still images, a viewer can experience change blindness if part of the image changes.

For an intriguing example of change blindness, check out the video below depicting an experiment by Daniel J. Simons and Chris Chabris.

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For a sample of  related Situationist posts see “‘The Grand Illusion’ — Believing We See the Situation,”Neuroscience and Illusion,” “Brain Magic,” Magic is in the Mind,”The Situation of IllusionThe Heat is On,” and The Situation of Climate Change,” or click here for a collection of posts on illusion.

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