Dave Munger on a phenomenon apprarently called ‘attentional blink’:
“Take a look at the following three animations. Each will flash very rapidly through a set of words (9 words per second!). Your job is to watch carefully and see if you notice a word that describes an occupation that a human performs for money. Such a word may or may not be in each list, and you only get one chance with each one. No cheating!
Did you see an occupation in any of the lists? Just one or two of them?”
I got three out of three. I have no idea how.
How did you do? Here are the answers and a description of what is meant by the ‘attentional blink’.