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The Invisible Gorilla: How our intuitions deceive us


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Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons created of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, The Invisible Gorilla experiment, which demonstrated a bizarre gap in the fidelity of our perceptions. When we focus on anything, we become amazingly blind to anything else — even a man in a gorilla suit walking right through our field of view. This is known as “inattentional blindness” (which connotes an overall lack of attention, but this about what happens to when we are paying attention to something). In this book, they describe the weird implications of several more years of related research, using story and surprising science to demonstrate that our minds and senses don’t work the way we think they do. In particular, they argue that we do not notice much more than we realize — even the seemingly obvious.


item type
a book
authors
Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
publisher
MJF Books
year
2012

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