In the article ‘More sense, less travel’ on virtual cocoons (News, 7 April) the old one about the video of a gorilla in a basketball game was used to illustrate a point about perceptual trade-offs.
recently it was mentioned on the radio and I later described the experiment to my wife. (For those who don’t know, students were asked to count the number of times a ball was passed, and 70 per cent didn’t notice a man in a gorilla suit on the court.)
I was surprised at how unimpressed she was and more surprised when she told me that team mascots (a man in a gorilla suit obviously fitting that description) often go on court during a game.
On the subject of things not being what they seem, a story is told about NASA developing an expensive pressurised space pen while the Russians used a pencil. Have you ever tried sharpening a graphite pencil in zero gravity surrounded by electronics? The Americans did and that’s why they invented the pen.
In the article ‘More sense, less travel’ on virtual cocoons the old one about the video of a gorilla in a basketball game was used to illustrate a point about perceptual trade-offs.