Some of us think we’re so attentive that it’s surely just a matter of time before a secret government organisation approaches us to become a covert operative.
I am not one of those people.
I often miss details that are right in front of my face. I always need jokes explained to me. I wouldn’t call myself unintelligent for not getting the joke, but I’m not what you’d call sharp.
So I was never going to do well on this test.
The world-renowned Selective Attention Test demonstrates the human brain's psychological lack of attention. It's called 'inattentional blindness'.
The phrase was coined by researchers Arien Mack and Irvin Rock in 1992. It happens when we become so focused on one particular thought or task that we're distracted from the environment. An example is when you are watching a historical film set in, say, ancient Greece, and you don’t notice an airplane in the background during a pivotal scene.