Talk about being in the moment and seeing what’s there!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/02/11/171409656/why-even-radiologists-can-miss-a-gorilla-hiding-in-plain-sight?ft=3&f=111787346&sc=nl&cc=es-20130217

To view the whole article and see the video and the actual Xray with the gorilla on it click on the above link. Here’s an excerpt:

This wasn’t because the eyes of the radiologists didn’t happen to fall on the large, angry gorilla. Instead, the problem was in the way their brains had framed what they were doing. They were looking for cancer nodules, not gorillas. “They look right at it, but because they’re not looking for a gorilla, they don’t see that it’s a gorilla,” Drew says.

In other words, what we’re thinking about — what we’re focused on — filters the world around us so aggressively that it literally shapes what we see. So, Drew says, we need to think carefully about the instructions we give to professional searchers like radiologists or people looking for terrorist activity, because what we tell them to look for will in part determine what they see and don’t see.

Feel free to comment. This is so interesting. And, I would think that it would make for some good watching to end relationship arguments over who saw what…

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12 Responses to Talk about being in the moment and seeing what’s there!

  1. tazzielove says:

    Mind blowing video and X-ray. And, “we” think we’re so smart, lol. Sure gives me pause on what I think I’ve seen. Thanks!

  2. jcmarckx2009 says:

    Well, we all do that, right? I guess it is just shocking to think that radiologists would miss something so obvious. Cool post.

  3. We read the article too and were amazed. Shows how a trained mind can be so channeled to look for one thing only. Not necessarily a bad thing – how can you dilute the concentration of a specialist to look for something out of their ken?

    • Great question! Dilute the concentration, interesting concept. The thing here, being that I’m a health care provider (Nurse Practitioner) is boy it gives me pause, big time, to really pay attention-as best I can and even then to keep my humility on high pitch for I am only a mere human, like all the rest of us. So glad you stopped by and love seeing the great photos of all the lucky animals at your site.

  4. slepsnor says:

    Interesting demonstrations of how the brain reflexively filters information depending on our focus. I actually missed the gorilla for a bit because I thought it was supposed to be hidden in the white part of the image.

  5. Denise Hisey says:

    Wow! That was crazy!! I knew the gorilla was coming, so I focused on that instead of the ball passing. I must admit, I fear I would have missed him, too without the benefit of knowing he was coming in advance.

  6. Happy to see you came by and followed. Your post is thought-provoking.

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