Inattentional Blindness

Watch the following YouTube clip (less than two minutes) about inattentional blindness. Please share and discuss with your team and coworkers.

Don't read on until you watch the video!

When we are focused on counting the number of passes, we become blind to the unexpected, even when it is right in front us. Scientists call this effect “inattentional blindness.” This blindness has nothing to do with our vision, but helps explain why we sometimes miss things that are right in front of us. This same blindness also helps explain why people on their phones are more susceptible to accidents.

However, this blindness is sometimes a good thing. Otherwise, every tiny thing around us would constantly distract us. It’s important to differentiate between a gorilla that is a distraction versus a gorilla that represents an important ethical challenge.

A question to think about, write about, or share with your coworkers: Which BlindSpot is most relevant to the gorilla video? Why?

  • Conformity Bias
  • Overconfidence Bias
  • Moral Myopia
  • Myth of Invisibility
  • Self-Serving Bias