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A Fun Experiment You Can Try At Home! [Oct. 1st, 2004|05:34 pm]
Nicodemus
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Check out this nifty video challenge...

Count the number of times the white team passes the basket ball in this video. Don't count passes by people with black shirts, just ones in white shirts. Both aerial and bounce passes should be counted.

(Note: Requires Java for a player applet. Takes a while to load; it's around 7 MB. Sorry, dial-up users, it's not my fault.)

Have you counted the passes? Good.



About half of the people will not see the gorilla.

Really, right in the middle, someone in a gorilla fursuit walks through the action. Go check! (And if you did see the gorilla, did you still count all the passes?) This video is part of a series of experiments in inattentional blindness research (PDF). This is one of many different video experiments they did.

In fact, this experiment won a 2004 Ig Nobel Prize for Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris, who accepted it in good humor. They won in the Psychology category, basically as "best experiment to involve a gorilla costume".
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[User Picture]From: zero_wolfe
2004-10-02 01:06 am (UTC)
That's a pretty neat video! I did catch the gorilla, which threw me off for a bit. Nice test-within-a-test. Er, what was the pass answer, anyway? I counted 14.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-10-02 01:50 am (UTC)
I suspect furries have an advantage in this test. :)

Yes, I think 14 passes is correct.
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2004-10-02 03:23 pm (UTC)
I theorize that if you show this to a bunch of teachers (by which I mean "people who have been teaching for a while", not "education students who will be teachers") the number of noticers would increase by a bunch. This is because the ability to simultaneously concentrate on one thing and pick up on the out-of-the-ordinary is a basic survival skill professional technique. :)
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[User Picture]From: zero_wolfe
2004-10-03 12:10 am (UTC)
Yes, especially with middle-schoolers in a computer lab. Browser windows opening and closing draw my attention pretty quickly. :)
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2004-10-02 01:26 am (UTC)
I came across this site a while back (thought I had passed it along then, maybe not). My introduction, unfortunately, was along the line of "Check this site out! Can you believe folks don't notice the gorilla?"

I did like the door change concept. Would work nicely as a MST skit. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-10-02 01:54 am (UTC)
I didn't see it, if you did. I got the link with inside info, too, but wanted to present it in a better manner. :)

Yeah, I could see some surreal sketches coming out of this...
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[User Picture]From: kurma
2004-10-02 01:42 am (UTC)
I saw the gorilla, counted 14... and what about the "S"s painted on the walls between the elevators?

Great icon by the way. <3 MST3K
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-10-02 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! Check out one of my side projects, if you like MST3K. :>
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2004-10-02 03:25 am (UTC)
Ah, Why was a gorila costume in there?
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[User Picture]From: maxgoof
2004-10-02 02:39 pm (UTC)
The gorilla was in there to see if it would be noticed.

You will note that they tell you to pay attention only to the people in white shirts, passing the ball, and to count the passes. So, what happens is that your mind keys on the white players, and ignores anything that is dark.

Including the black gorilla.
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2004-10-02 03:28 am (UTC)
Oh and they passed the ball 15 times. watch carfuly you well notice at one point there was a pass to the girl but the guy gets it. What happen was the giplr roled it out to the guy as soon as she got the ball. Cool experiment, Show you how easy it is to miss something as out of place as the gorila beating his chest.
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2004-10-02 04:41 am (UTC)
I counted 14, but I'll accept P0lecat's advice to the contrary. I saw the gorilla, but only when I gave up counting.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2004-10-02 07:50 am (UTC)
The gorilla was a red herring -- quite the metaphorical crossbreed -- placed there to prevent you from noticing the tiny surveillance cameras being installed on your forehead. Goooooood gorilla.
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