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By Vicki Mozo
What's up with the gorilla on a basketball court perception test? If you have tried taking this test, you may find it quite amusing, especially when you are one of the many who failed to notice the gorilla in the video. Does it mean anything? Learn about the implication of the basketball gorilla test and find out if failure to perceive the gorilla is something to worry about.
Man in Gorilla suit[Image credit: by thisisbossi of Flickr.com]
The gorilla video was a collaborative study by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. It was made to perfectly demonstrate "inattentional blindness". It is the term used to describe the phenomenon of not being able to perceive things although they are just right in front of your eyes. This explains why we tend to miss seeing crucial details and why we might be biased with our perceptual experience. We are inclined to select things we want to see. It's called selective attention. Thus, believing that we see everything may only be an illusion we play in our head.
About half of the subjects who viewed the video said they failed to notice the gorilla. Thus, you shouldn’t feel botched, inferior, or incompetent if you also failed to perceive the gorilla. In stead of feeling sorry about it, you should use it to increase your awareness of your perceptional limitations and perhaps you may find something to improve in this regard.
Simons, D. (profsimons). (2010, Mar 10). YouTube - selective attention test . YouTube.
Retrieved July 8, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
To cite (APA-style):
Mozo, V. (2011, Jul 8). Gorillas in our midst - what it means. Biology-Online.org.
Retrieved from http://www.biology-online.org
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