Motion Induced Blindness

Paul Heim pmheimjr at
Fri Mar 2 09:36:20 PST 2012

I forwarded this to my brother-in-law, who's a neurologist.  I said I don't 
know how I'm going to use this information to improve my safety.  He said 
he's going to get a bigger motorcycle with more lights!

Paul in Ohio

-----Original Message----- 
From: art.robinson
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 8:37 AM
To: Paul Heim
Subject: Motion Induced Blindness

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

Click on the link below for a demonstration .
Kind of freaks you out..



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