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Old 02-26-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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Interesting and informative read..

Just passing on some good info..

Motion Induced Blindness

In a motor accident, wherein a speeding car hits a slower moving vehicle coming from the side, the speeding car drivers often swear that they just didnít see the vehicle coming from the left or right.

Well, they arenít lying. They really donít see the vehicle coming from the side, in spite of broad daylight.

This phenomenon on the car driversí part is known as ďMotion Induced BlindnessĒ. It is definitely frightening.

Once airborne, pilots are taught to alternate their gaze between scanning the horizon and scanning their instrument panel, and never to fix their gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. They are taught to continually keep their heads on a swivel and their eyes always moving. Because, if you fix your gaze on one object long enough while you yourself are in motion, your peripheral vision goes blind.

Till about three decades ago, this ďheads on swivel & eyes movingĒ technique was the only way to spot other aircraft in the skies around. Now-a-days they have on-board radars, but the old technique still holds good.

Let me give you a small demonstration of motion induced blindness. Just click on the link below. You will see a revolving array of blue crosses on a black background. There is a flashing green dot in the center and three fixed yellow dots around it. If you fix your gaze on the green dot for more than a few seconds, the yellow dots will disappear at random, either singly, or in pairs, or all three together. In reality, the yellow dots are always there.

Just watch the yellow dots for some time to ensure that they donít go anywhere!

http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html

(Notes given by the author below the rotating array are educative.)

If you are crossing a road and you see a speeding car approaching, thereís a 90% chance that the driver isnít seeing you, because his/her peripheral vision may be blind.. and you may be in that blind zone.
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cool, the second you relax your awareness the dots begin to disappear.
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That is freaky and so is the human body. Good to know though.
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