Change Blindness

Apparently, I'm not the only person on the planet oblivious to much of what goes on around him:

Found via Boing Boing.

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8 Responses to Change Blindness

  1. John Flood says:

    And this reinforces how unreliable eyewitness evidence is.

  2. Ugh says:

    Or maybe 75% of people don’t like other people. Sounds about right.

  3. researcher says:

    Change Blindness also parallels with the idea that people won’t read directions. I’ve seen many psychology experiments where two paragraphs of text simply repeat, in various ways, please simply write “I read the directions” at the bottom of the page. Then below the paragraphs was a question “do you approve of X: yes [ ] no []” I’d estimate around 75%, much like the change blindness findings, simply checked a box…

  4. Orin Kerr says:

    I wonder if the results are the same if the person behind the counter is a woman.

  5. Steve says:

    Orin Kerr wonders “if the results are the same if the person behind the counter is a woman.”

    I don’t think it matters. Dan Simons was the keynote speaker at a conference I attended a few years ago and he showed a number of these experiments. I believe that they did use female experimenters as well.

    I came away from the talk thinking as John Flood did above — if I’m ever on a jury again, I’m going to take “eyewitness” evidence with a very large grain of salt.

  6. michael says:

    I wonder if the author of the study could be qualified as an expert in a criminal trial to talk about the unreliability of most witnesses….and show the video to the jury….

  7. So people don’t notice change.
    That’s the first lesson of history.
    Does anyone read history anymore?


  8. michael says:

    Well, is that a change?

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