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Test Your Awareness: Change Blindness

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For those who haven’t been reading the chapters for class, change blindness is the phenomenon that occurs when a person viewing a visual scene apparently fails to detect large changes. As the professor mentioned in class, tests have gone on where they secretly switch the talker in, say, an interview and the person being interviewed does not notice. This story reminded me of a series of two videos a friend of mine told me about found on YouTube. I’ll link them, but won’t spoil it.

By the look of the comments, most people were not as aware as they might have thought. I recall at least two people in class who said they can’t help but not notice the smallest details in films, such as a change of hairdo from one cut to another. If you watch the video, please say whether or not you were aware. Basically, as I read in a comment on the video, here’s proof that most of the time we look but don’t see.

Here’s another related video.

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Written by Luis Alicea

March 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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