(Be sure to watch the video before reading the text here. Oh, and sorry about the ads.)
I am always so fascinated by things like this. How can our attention be diverted so absolutely?? No wonder magicians are able to fool us with simple sleight of hand. I wonder if the brain could be trained to watch for both tasks--to get an accurate count PLUS watch for every other detail--all at the same time? It's no wonder even a valid eye witness account can still be considered suspect.
Did any of your school teachers ever give you that test that started out:
1.) Read through all directions before beginning this test.
Then the next 18 directions told you to do all kinds of tasks, from going to sharpen your pencil to writing your name on the back of the page to, I don't know, singing Yankee Doodle Dandy out loud, or some other very embarrassing task for a 3rd grader to have to perform. Then, when you were so glad to finally be done, came the final direction:
20.) Ignore all other instructions but #1 and #20.
At that point, I HATED my teacher--and all the other smug kids (who had probably seen this test before) and had been sitting quietly at their desks for the past 10 minutes, watching the rest of us diligently make idiots of ourselves!!
How did you do on this little video test? I'm afraid I'd have to be calling my insurance agent about now. (Good thing I don't own a Rodin.) Kinda makes me wonder what else I may be missing. Am I really sure about everything I think I'm really sure about??
I did discover something though. When I watched the full video, aware that the thief would be there, I was able to observe him AND get the count. But that was only because I'd been forewarned and knew exactly what to watch for.