One study suggests ability to perform a task does not

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One study suggests ability to perform a task does not predict likelihood of noticing People generally believe they would notice something unexpected in their field of few o People are convinced they would spot errors in movies or changes to a partner o We think we see and remember far more of our surroundings than we actually do One explanation as to why we think we see far more than we actually do – our experiences mislead us o If we assume our experiences are representative of the state of the world, we conclude that we notice unexpected events Our ability to focus intently was evolutionarily useful than ability to notice unexpected events o Most events don’t require our immediate attention Humans can take steps to limit impact of inattentional blindness by recognizing how intuitions can lead you astray o (1) Maximize attention you do have available by avoiding distraction o (2) Pay attention to what others might not notice Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again Frontal lobe helps brain decide which tasks to focus on and when to suppress irrelevant information Humans aren’t as good as we think we are at doing several things at one
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o Humans don’t do lots of things simultaneously – we switch our attention from task to task quickly We are incapable of focusing on more than one thing at a time – we shift our focus from one thing to another There are several reasons why brain has to switch among tasks o (1) Similar tasks compete to use the same part of the brain – interference Tasks that are difference causes your brain to pause and push aside information about a previous task o Part of the brain that is responsible for switching between tasks is executive system o Executive processes allow us to make plans & allows us to exert some voluntary control over behavior Humans overestimate our ability to handle multiple tasks o Keeping track of different things in our mind wouldn’t be possible w/o executive systems in frontal lobes
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