Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

The Invisible Gorilla

How Our Intuitions Deceive Us

Broadway Paperbacks 2009

New Books in PsychologyNew Books in Science & TechnologyNew Books Network April 16, 2012 Debbie Sorensen

You might think that if you were watching a basketball game and a person in a gorilla suit walked through the game, you would...

You might think that if you were watching a basketball game and a person in a gorilla suit walked through the game, you would notice. Or that if you were talking to someone and turned away for a second, and that person became a completely different person, you would notice that. Well, don’t be so sure! In their cognitive psychology book The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us (Broadway Paperbacks, 2009), Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons describe some fascinating cognitive psychology experiments that suggest that our cognitive abilities may be far more limited than we realize. In this interview, Dr. Chabris explains some common illusions of the mind, and how these illusions impact us in our daily lives.

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