inattentional blindness | definition

failure to notice something that is completely visible because of a lack of attention


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Research Article: Inattentional Blindness and Individual Differences in Cognitive Abilities

Date Published: August 10, 2015 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Carina Kreitz, Philip Furley, Daniel Memmert, Daniel J. Simons, Michael J Proulx. Abstract: People sometimes fail to notice salient unexpected objects when their attention is otherwise occupied, a phenomenon known as inattentional blindness. To explore individual differences in inattentional blindness, we employed both … Continue reading

Research Article: Pirate Stealth or Inattentional Blindness? The Effects of Target Relevance and Sustained Attention on Security Monitoring for Experienced and Naïve Operators

Date Published: January 21, 2014 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Erika Näsholm, Sarah Rohlfing, James D. Sauer, Philip Allen. Abstract: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) operators are responsible for maintaining security in various applied settings. However, research has largely ignored human factors that may contribute to CCTV operator error. One important source of error … Continue reading

Research Article: Some See It, Some Don’t: Exploring the Relation between Inattentional Blindness and Personality Factors

Date Published: May 26, 2015 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Carina Kreitz, Robert Schnuerch, Henning Gibbons, Daniel Memmert, Philip Allen. Abstract: Human awareness is highly limited, which is vividly demonstrated by the phenomenon that unexpected objects go unnoticed when attention is focused elsewhere (inattentional blindness). Typically, some people fail to notice unexpected objects … Continue reading

Research Article: Ongoing Spontaneous Activity Controls Access to Consciousness: A Neuronal Model for Inattentional Blindness

Date Published: May 12, 2005 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Stanislas Dehaene, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Larry Abbott Abstract: Even in the absence of sensory inputs, cortical and thalamic neurons can show structured patterns of ongoing spontaneous activity, whose origins and functional significance are not well understood. We use computer simulations to explore the conditions under … Continue reading