The 'Selective Attention Test' 17 Years Later, And What It Still Means For Humans
When I first saw the video of people playing basketball, I counted each pass — and missed the obvious. You?
The experiment video, from 1999, is here:
One of the creators of that experiment and video, Christopher F. Chabris, wrote a book about it, and in the clip below, he talks about how it came to be:
Think it's just something to make you go, “Hmmm”?
As he says beginning at around 3:30, it has implications for things like driving while talking on a cell phone, security screeners at airports, lifeguards on duty, and more.
Even scarier implications, actually — especially in this age of drivers with tablets or phones showing video clips and headlines and images of presidential candidates comparing the size of their junk. Yes, I'm talking about using Facebook while driving.
But it goes far beyond that.
Like distracted Daddy-ing.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The real Game of Thrones might be who best leverages the hit HBO show to shape political narratives.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.
- Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.
- Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives.
A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.
- Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one.
- Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments.
- Public attitudes toward climate change have shifted steadily in favor of action. Now it's up to elected leaders.
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