|Sent on:||Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:59 AM|
This is bizarre but real.
Worth clicking on the link below.
This is totally safety related. Every motorist needs to see this (and cyclist and pedestrian).
Hope everyone is having a great day,
Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Planner
San Antonio Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization
825 S. St. Marys Street
San Antonio, Texas 78214
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Motion Induced Blindness
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.
Be sure to go to the link at the bottom and watch the visual array?
For evolutionary reasons, our brains remove stationary things from our immediate field of vision. Moving things represent potential danger. Stationary things do not. That's why the predators and prey alike have learned how to freeze in place. Camouflage and motionless can actually make both predator and prey invisible to one another.
All this becomes a severe liability when flying, driving, or boating when there are moving objects in the field of view which are actually on a collision course with your vehicle, but appear to remain stationary in your field of view.
This is most commonly seen when you are on a highway and another vehicle is coming down an on-ramp at a speed that paces yours. It remains in the same place as viewed through the windshield or side windows.
Your brain will simply erase the other car's image from your view.... until you move your head. This can also occur in your mirrors when a vehicle is overtaking you at a very slow rate. If you simply constantly scan by moving your head or eyes, those important objects will remain visible.
Read the story below and then follow the link for an actual demonstration of the effect. It's real, too.
Deliberately develop a habit of constant scanning when you drive and even when you walk.
Click on the link below for a demonstration ...
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