Motion Induced Blindness

william doyle wfd at
Fri Mar 2 07:39:33 PST 2012

Amazing. I have always driven assuming no one is aware of my presence. 

> From: art.robinson at
> Subject: Motion Induced Blindness
> Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:37:03 -0500
> To: wfd at
> Interesting visual which may compliment the discussion we had on the
> subject of left turning motorists terminating motorcyclists.
> Art in TO, Canada
> This is pretty interesting!
> This article and link were from a Harley Forum.
> It explains why drivers can look right at us and not see us.
> Read the article and then click on the link. Its fairly freaky how this
> works, even at slower speeds with larger targets.
> "Motion Induced Blindness"
> This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major
> reason people in cars can look right at you (when you're on a motorcycle
> or bicycle)-AND NOT SEE YOU. From a former Naval Aviator. This is a
> great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the
> cockpit when I went through training back in the '50s. We were told to
> scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the
> process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective
> technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to
> NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single
> object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of
> experience, instructed us to continually "keep our eyes moving and our
> head on a swivel" because this was the best way to survive, not only in
> combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We
> basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience for
> ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn't exist at that
> time. 
> Click on the link below for a demonstration .
> Kind of freaks you out..
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