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Monday, October 10, 2011

Tomorrow? Or not

(Life really gets in the way of blogging sometimes.)

The authors of The Invisible Gorilla, Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, have conducted a variety of awareness tests as part of their research on selective attention, memory, and human perception and intuition. Some of their videos can be found on their website. I saw the site on a post by one of my classmates, and found the videos both pretty entertaining and thought-provoking.

This awareness test is a pretty basic example, and maybe not the best set-up, but I do think it's undeniable that our brains don't always seem to work the way we think they do. The awareness test is a fun way to demo that fact. And if it "didn't work" on you, try some of the other videos on their site, or look for their book--I know I plan to.

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