Did you know? The first study of inattentional blindness came from parapsychology

TonyCornellDan Simons, the University of Illinois Professor of Psychology, is renowned for his work into inattentional blindness (failing to see obvious but unexpected events). His 1999 ‘Gorillas in our midst’ paper with Christopher Chabris is now legendary. In October 2011, Simons explained how a parapsychologist named Tony Cornell (pictured) was responsible for the first study of inattentional blindness. Cornell’s work took place in the late 1950s, and involved white sheets and the Cambridge University Society for Research in Parapsychology. Find out more on Simons’ blog post, here.

About Caroline Watt

Prof Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
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3 Responses to Did you know? The first study of inattentional blindness came from parapsychology

  1. Tom Ruffles says:

    This was pointed out earlier, in 2010, at the SPR conference – scroll down to the PS at the bottom of my blog post:

    http://tomruffles.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/tony-cornell-and-cambridge-cinema-ghost.html

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  2. Tom Ruffles says:

    Oh definitely – it’s good to see it being discussed seriously. Thanks for providing the link.

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