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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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