The Invisible Gorilla applies to specialists – kinda scary.

The invisible gorilla study shows that, if we are paying very close attention to one thing, we often fail to notice other things in our field of vision—even very obvious things. Three psychological scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston wondered if expert observers (Radiologists) were also subject to this perceptual blindness.

I wonder if the research using Watson to detect cancer might hold a key into how observations might be less prone to inattentional blindness.

Article here (Association for Psychological Science 1/29/2013)

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