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Daniel Simons along with Ron Rensink have published a new article on Change blindness. Although there has been must discussion on the issue already, they provide a much needed analysis of its real and fictional implications. Change blindness: past, present, and future Daniel J. Simons, and Ronald A. Rensink Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, […]

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Posted January 24, 2005 by thomasr

 
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Daniel Simons along with Ron Rensink have published a new article on Change blindness. Although there has been must discussion on the issue already, they provide a much needed analysis of its real and fictional implications.

Change blindness: past, present, and future

Daniel J. Simons, and Ronald A. Rensink

Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, University of Illinois, 603 E. Daniel Street, #807, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

Abstract

Change blindness is the striking failure to see large changes that normally would be noticed easily. Over the past decade this phenomenon has greatly contributed to our understanding of attention, perception, and even consciousness. The surprising extent of change blindness explains its broad appeal, but its counterintuitive nature has also engendered confusions about the kinds of inferences that legitimately follow from it. Here we discuss the legitimate and the erroneous inferences that have been drawn, and offer a set of requirements to help separate them. In doing so, we clarify the genuine contributions of change blindness research to our understanding of visual perception and awareness, and provide a glimpse of some ways in which change blindness might shape future research.

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