This course has helped me immensely especially as I learned about the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, which is the failure to perceive stimulus that isn't attended, even if it is in full view. I have walked through the halls of Stockton College or through the aisles of my local grocery store, and have experienced this phenomenon of inattentional blindness. I was so focused on another object or completely lost in my own thoughts that I missed a friend waving to me in full view. At a later time my friend addresses the issue as to why I did not respond with a friendly greeting. The truth is that I did not see my friend, which can be difficult to explain especially when they reenact the scenario of both of us walking down the same hallway or aisle and she waves and smiles at me and I completely ignore the stimuli. I was often concerned about my mental well-being after a situation like that occurred. Was I entering a pre-Alzheimer state of mind? Was I losing my mind? No, I was just not focused on my friend in the midst of a plethora of stimuli occurring at that moment. I was focused on getting to my next class or finding that jar of spaghetti sauce that my husband really enjoys. So, needless to say I am relieved to discover that I am not at risk of any of the above mentioned, I was just experiencing inattentional blindness, which actually helps me to understand my teenage son who claims that he did not notice an overflowing trashcan in explaining why he did not empty the trashcan. It’s not laziness its inattentional blindness.
Watch the video below to see if you can count the correct number of passes the white team makes with the ball.