Mar 122012
 

Whirling ladies hide the change

MAC is of the opinion that an hour spent learning about cognitive psychology might helpfully disabuse ships’ officers of a fond belief in the reliability of the unassisted Mark One Eyeball with the optional version one Brain accessory. What You See IS What You Get, WYSIWYG, doesn’t necessarily apply in the real world, as experiments in ‘change blindness’ clearly show.

Our favourite boffin book, New Scientist, has published an example of change blindness, in which significant changes are not observed in a dynamic environment, in this case rotating images.

Illusions and false perceptions certainly have played a role in maritime accidents. The Hockey Stick phenomenon evident in a number of collisions during crossing situations

We need to question not only our assumptions but the physical perceptions that influence our decision making.

See also

A Checkered Career for An Eyeball?

Is that a Gorilla On The Bridge Or Are You Just Glad To Not See Me? Intuition And The Human Element

What you see isn’t what you get

 

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