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    Default Unconscious selective attention

    What this forum needs is another thread on conspicuity. So here it is: Scientific American on unconscious selective attention.

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    Says it's temporarily unavailable. All you lot have crashed the site.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    says it's temporarily unavailable. All you lot have crashed the site.....
    smidsy

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    Default Re: Unconscious selective attention

    I have scrutinised the error page closely to be sure that I wasn't selectively failing to see a link to the article beneath the error message...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Says it's temporarily unavailable. All you lot have crashed the site.....
    You can't see it ? Did you see the gorilla instead ?

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    Well it works now. Sorry I can't think of anything amusing to say. Does look like an interesting study though....

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    I think much of that study is describing what I refer to as previsualising. If I want to find a screwdriver in my shed, I visualise it first. I want the 8 inch long philips with the red handle. I can see it in my mind and have therefore built a 3dimensional model of it at the front of my conscious brain. When my eyes scan the disaster I call a workbench, it is looking for a correlation. If my visual cortex subconsciously detects an object that has a high correlation with the previsualised mental image (exactly like laying a transparent film over an image but in 3d) that result gets passed immediately to the cerebral cortex for it to decide if that correlation is accurate.

    The opposite is (obviously) true. If my previsualisation is wrong and the screwdriver I was really looking for has a yellow handle, I won't see it even if I am looking right at it. Anyone who has seen my workshop will appreciate how often I have to practice this technique deliberately.

    Interesting article though. We should all be aware of the consequence of motorcycles not posing a "threat" to your average car driver and therefore our presence does not always register in the conscious brain of the driver. If they're looking for a car, a bus or a truck, they won't always find that screwdriver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwdriver View Post
    I think much of that study is describing what I refer to as previsualising. If I want to find a screwdriver in my shed, I visualise it first.

    The opposite is (obviously) true. If my previsualisation is wrong and the screwdriver I was really looking for has a yellow handle, I won't see it even if I am looking right at it. Anyone who has seen my workshop will appreciate how often I have to practice this technique deliberately.

    Interesting article though. We should all be aware of the consequence of motorcycles not posing a "threat" to your average car driver and therefore our presence does not always register in the conscious brain of the driver. If they're looking for a car, a bus or a truck, they won't always find that screwdriver...
    Yup, your 'previsualisation' has been shown to work. I did something similar yesterday; looking for some scissors, I 'knew' they had gold-coloured handles, so looked straight past the grey pair.

    Re driving, this link may work:
    https://www.dropbox.com/l/scl/AAArgq...kOkXjTwhjTiKcE

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    I find wearing hi-vis eliminates 90% of all possible smidsy incidents guaranteed and not only that shaft drive motorbikes cannot do wheelies also guaranteed. This is Jeremy Corbin signing off
    Ear plugs also help married life to be more bearable fiction.

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