Monday, December 28, 2009

An attentiveness test...

I've been saving this video to share with you on a day when I lacked other things to blog about and, seeing as this seems like one of those days, I'll share the link with you now. :)

You are only supposed to watch this video once. Seriously, just once! Then come back here for further directions.

In the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It‘s that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white. Once the movie is over, write down the number of passes you have counted.


Watch the movie HERE before proceeding any further--unless you wish to know what's so interesting about the test before you've taken it (in other words, if you want to ruin it!)....




....Did you watch it yet?





....How many passes did you count?







....OK, good...





Now let me ask you something: Did you notice some kind of a critter walking across the screen while the players were tossing the ball around? A mouse maybe, or perhaps a gorilla?




Hmmm... Maybe you'd like to go watch the movie over again.....






I, for one, did not notice anything the first time I watched this, and most of the friends we've shared this with have not either--so don't feel bad! It's just interesting to see how easily we can be deceived by having our attention drawn to other areas, isn't it?

May God help us to be wise!!!!

7 comments:

Hannah said...

Hi Cora!
Yes, I watched it.
I counted 12 passes one time and 4 another.
I did not see any little critter...
I'll go watch it again!!
Wow! I watched it again... that is scary the way the gorilla marches past! I don't know how I never saw it the first time!
Thanks for sharing this Cora! I can't wait to show my brothers in the morning!
~Hannah~

Dawn Bornemann said...

Why you little rascel! :)
It'll be interesting to hear your replies. What a great post idea!!!!!!!!!
Mom

Robert said...

I didn't notice the gorilla when I first watched the video.It's interesting how we can miss other things when we focus completely on one object.

Kimberly said...

I didn't notice the gorilla either. But I was too busy counting the passes. I counted 15. What is the right #? (I know that wasn't the point of the video.)

Cora Beth said...

Hannah~
Isn't that amazing? When you watch it the second time, Mr. Gorilla just seems SO obvious, doesn't he? :)

Mother B~
Feel free to share this on your blog too if you like! I know some people read your blog who don't read mine, so it's bound to be new to someone...

Robert~
At first when I saw your comment, I thought you were my dad writing, as his name is Robert too!
Thank you for commenting! It's always fun to learn that more people are reading your blog writings than what you'd thought...

Kimberly~
Some of us counted again this morning and got 14 passes, but we could be wrong.
We watched this video for the first time a few years ago, but as I recall, none of us saw the gorilla the first time either! :)

Heidi said...

That's funny! Isn't it strange how everyone has a different number of passes they counted? I counted 11. I did notice something big and black when I watched it the first time, though I assumed it was just another player, not a gorilla!!!

Miss Jen said...

Oh my.... what a fun post indeed!