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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions$
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Arthur G. Shapiro and Dejan Todorovic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.001.0001

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Inattentional Blindness and the Illusion of Attention

Inattentional Blindness and the Illusion of Attention

(p.715) Chapter 104 Inattentional Blindness and the Illusion of Attention
The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions

Daniel J. Simons

Oxford University Press

Many illusions reveal shortcuts that our visual system takes when making sense of the world; they show how the visual system breaks down, thereby revealing how it works. Another class of illusions, though, reveal not just the limits of vision but also the limits of the mind. We can fail to see something that is fully visible and distinctive, provided we are focusing our attention on something else. This inattentional blindness affects what we see, but it also influences what we think we will see. People mistakenly believe that they will notice such unexpected objects, a cognitive illusion about what captures attention.

Keywords:   attention, awareness, inattentional blindness, illusion, visual system

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