Monday, 21 January 2013
Change Blindness (not so smart after all)
Attention and Higher Cognition, Chapter 18 of Biological Psychology is a chapter that really intrigued me. It presents us with some interesting facts about ourselves and how our mind/memory actually works. Within the chapter the authors discuss a phenomenon called 'change blindness'. Through this body of research studies' alarmingly demonstrate people are surprisingly poor at noticing robust changes in their environment, unless they are paying direct attention to the specific area of change occurrence. In a real world application of this work, one cannot help but question the validity of eye witness memory, especially with the importance held by such accounts when it comes to determining an accused perpetrators fate?