I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
Day 38: What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Well…in one of my psych classes we took tests for change blindness. You know those “find the difference” games where you have two pictures side by side, and you have to pick out what’s different between the two? This was similar, except that they flashed the pictures in succession, one, two, one, two, one, two, very fast on the screen. There were little patches of “fuzz” or dots on some of the pictures too, as a distraction. You have to click on the different item when you find it, and once you’ve done a batch they give you the charts that show the average amount of time it takes a “normal” person to find the difference in each picture, compared to your results.
For most of the pictures it takes the average person somewhere between fifteen and twenty-five seconds, say, and I could spot the change in four to eight. So apparently I have a lower rate of change blindness, meaning I take in more visual information at once and am more sensitive to the small details. I’m never sure how well these tests work or what the results really say about my brain, but it’s fun experiment, in any case.