Motion Induced Blindness

This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle)—AND NOT SEE YOU.

This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through flight training. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were combat veterans with years of experience, instructed us to continually "keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel" because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time. The link below provides a vivid demo of how this happens.

Click on the link below for a demonstration ….

http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html

Very interesting and can explain why once in a while when driving a car you’re suddenly surprised by something you hadn’t seen.

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~ by yougottobekidding on December 2, 2013.

One Response to “Motion Induced Blindness”

  1. Reblogged this on Take off with Natarajan and commented:
    very interesting…i am getting this .reblogged from your site pl

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