Inattentinal Blindness

Topics: Inattentional blindness, Blindness, Attention Pages: 3 (772 words) Published: October 21, 2009
Inattentional blindness, also known as perceptual blindness, is the phenomenon of not being able to see things that are actually there. This can be a result of having no internal frame of reference to perceive the unseen objects, or it can be the result of the mental focus or attention which cause mental distractions. The phenomenon is due to how our minds see and process information. Closely related to the subject of change blindness, it is an observed phenomenon of the inability to perceive features in a visual scene when the observer is not attending to them. That is to say that humans have a limited capacity for attention which thus limits the amount of information processed at any particular time. Any otherwise salient feature within the visual field will not be observed if not processed by attention. Also related to this is the phenomena of blind people who later in life gain sight. Their processing of the visual stimuli does not allow them to identify objects easily, effectively they can see but are still perceptually blind.

|Contents | |[hide] | |1 Experiments demonstrating inattentional blindness | |2 Exploitations | |3 See also | |4 References | |5 Further reading | |6 External links |

[pic][edit] Experiments demonstrating inattentional blindness

The term inattentional blindness was coined by Arien Mack and Irvin Rock in 1992. It was used as the title of Rock's last text published in...
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