[LMB] OT: Change blindness

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 10 03:27:15 BST 2021

I suspect it might have something to do with short term memory. Basically
the brain doesn't think its important enough to store the information in
the memory banks (so to speak) that's why witnesses are so unreliable.
There is a class exercise where the students suddenly witnesses a event in
class and has to describe the incident and those involved. Many of students
get it wrong.

On Sat, Oct 9, 2021, 1:47 PM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sat, 9 Oct 2021 11:19:54 -0400, WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> On Oct 9, 2021, at 7:16 AM, Peter Hews via Lois-Bujold <
> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> >>
> >> "Change blindness" is often invoked in paranormal works to explain why
> people don't notice weird stuff around them. In the webcomic “El Goonish
> Shive” a shape-shifter demonstrates it by repeatedly changing her hair
> colour when people look away, and when they look back they don’t realise
> she was a different colour before.
> >
> >This has been documented in videos. They used different people in very
> short time differences and the subject
> >didn’t seem to notice the person they were talking to had changed.
> >
> >When you are getting directions do you really care about from whom?
> There's a famous video where people are asked to study a basketball
> game, and only around 5% of test subjects recall that a man in a gorilla
> suit walks across the court.
> I *do* hope my liberty never depends on the observation skills of the
> average eyewitness.
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