TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE: The Need for Attention to Perceive Changes in Scenes

@article{Rensink1997TOSO,
  title={TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE: The Need for Attention to Perceive Changes in Scenes},
  author={Ronald A. Rensink and J. Kevin O'Regan and James J. Clark},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={1997},
  volume={8},
  pages={368 - 373}
}
When looking at a scene, observers feel that they see its entire structure in great detail and can immediately notice any changes in it. However, when brief blank fields are placed between alternating displays of an original and a modified scene, a striking failure of perception is induced: Identification of changes becomes extremely difficult, even when changes are large and made repeatedly. Identification is much faster when a verbal cue is provided, showing that poor visibility is not the… 

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