Thursday, April 4, 2013

The danger of 'inattentional blindness'


These were not bad radiologists, but 83 percent of them missed a large abnormality on the CT scan. The study shows that when we are paying attention to one thing we often fail to notice other very obvious things happening at the same time.

In this case the radiologists were looking for lung cancer so they ignored everything else – even a dancing gorilla that any 5-year-old would easily spot.


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