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January 11, 2003, 09:24 AM

I saw this study on 20/20 or a similar show years ago. But motorcyles were not mentioned in it.

The AMA relates it to motorcycles.

http://www.amadirectlink.com/magazin...tory3sept.html

September 2001



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Road Report
Compiled by Lance Oliver
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Unseen Gorillas and Motorcycle Safety

‘Inattentional blindness’ studies shed light on car-motorcycle accidents

Your headlight’s on. You’re wearing a brightly colored helmet and clothing. The driver of the oncoming car looks right in your direction. And then he turns left into your path anyway.

Later, he tells the police officer: “I never saw the motorcycle.”

How could that be? Just ask all the people who didn’t see the woman in the gorilla suit.

Allow us to explain.

Recent scientific studies focusing on a phenomenon known as “inattentional blindness” may help us understand why car drivers often end up causing accidents with motorcycles they “didn’t see.”

One particularly interesting study was conducted by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris at Harvard University. In it, subjects watched a video of two teams of three people—one team in white shirts, the other wearing black—passing an ordinary basketball among themselves.

Some subjects were told to count the number of passes by either the white or black team (the “easy task”). Others were told to keep separate mental counts of bounce passes and aerial passes (the “hard task”).

During the video, a woman carrying an umbrella walks through the scene. In another version, a woman in a full gorilla suit walks through. In a third video, the gorilla stops in the middle of the scene, thumps its chest, and walks off.

Here’s the scary part: Forty-six percent of the subjects did not see the umbrella woman or the gorilla in the first two versions. In the third version, 50 percent didn’t notice the gorilla.

Basically, people concentrating on one task do not see something unrelated because they aren’t expecting it, says Simons, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard.

“The intuition people have is that something different like that will jump out at them and they will notice it,” adds Simons. “But their intuition is wrong.”

Simons believes it is not a stretch to apply the same thinking to car drivers encountering motorcycles on the street. In a sea of cars, a motorcycle could be that “something different” the driver does not expect, and therefore does not see.

The key, he says, is attention. In the Harvard study, called “Gorillas in our Midst,” the subjects engaged in the “hard task” were less likely to notice the umbrella woman or the gorilla than were subjects performing the “easy task.” The more their attention was focused elsewhere, the less likely they were to notice unexpected occurrences.

Simons notes that some of the subjects in the study did not believe a gorilla actually walked through the scene until they were shown the tape again. They were astounded they missed something that was so obvious on second viewing.

On the surface, the study seems to be bad news for safety-minded motorcyclists. It suggests that no matter what we do, some inattentive drivers will still miss us. And it has obvious implications for those concerned with the whole subject of driver distractions, including cellphone use.

Meanwhile, a study by researchers at Sussex University in England found that experienced drivers were actually less likely than inexperienced drivers to look for potential hazards in unexpected locations. The study, which analyzed eye movements of drivers watching video clips of traffic situations, appears to indicate that years of driving train someone to look for the expected, not what is actually there.

But there are useful lessons for all of us that can be gleaned from these “inattentional blindness” studies.

For instance, although being conspicuous is no guarantee you’ll be seen, Simons reports that it may improve your odds on the road. He cites other studies in which subjects were watching black-and-white objects on a screen and an unexpected red object appeared. Even with the color contrast, about 30 percent did not see the red object. But at least the other 70 percent did.

Simons plans to join the faculty at the University of Illinois next year and hopes to do further research more directly related to traffic safety by using the university’s driving simulator.

But on the basis of the results so far, Simons suggests that while nothing can guarantee you’ll be seen by car drivers, such attention-getting equipment as modulating headlights (legal in most states), along with brightly colored clothing and helmets, may help.

“The goal,” he says, “would be to make things more distinctive.”

Remember, though, that just because the driver is looking right at you, that doesn’t mean he or she really sees you. After all, half the people never saw the gorilla.

© 2001 by the American Motorcyclist Association



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March 25, 2003, 10:33 PM

i hate ppl who cant see motorcycles... i hate them all... I've almost been plowed into more times than i can remember... and ppl cutting me off is a given... if u come to an intersection, u mite as well come to a complete stop even if u dont have a stop sign... then again someone will prolly rear end u... even if ur at a red traffic lite... damn i mite as well jump off my bike rite now and kill myself...

sorry had to vent... We should be allowed to carry heavy arms... so we can blow up cars that get in our way... kablam... ha... jk... dont kill ppl its illegal.


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March 25, 2003, 11:02 PM

This is my favorite:
when someone just drifts over into my lane, la la la, meanwhile I am choosing between eating a tree sandwich or a Camry sandwich. Of course, the best part is waiting half a block & then kicking the drivers side hard, rght at the rear of the car. I like to think its a nice scary wake up call.
The funny thing is, why are we able to focus on controlling a motorcylcle (an arguably involved task) and be fully cognizant of the dynamic we inhabit?
I guess we are just a more evolved form of intelligence


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March 25, 2003, 11:28 PM

Heheheh, a guy in a Civic drifted over into my lane last year on 7100. When I had the chance I pulled up next to him and waved my Violator Pro Gloves in his face. He backed waaay off and probably stuck in his head to keep an eye out in the future... hehehehehe


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March 26, 2003, 01:07 AM

this one time this lady cut me and my friend off, so at the next light i started yelling at her to open her window, and she wouldnt...so i got even more pissed, and started kickin the side of her car :mad2: needless to say, i left her a reminder to watch out for motorcycles
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this one time this lady cut me and my friend off, so at the next light i started yelling at her to open her window, and she wouldnt...so i got even more pissed, and started kickin the side of her car :mad2: needless to say, i left her a reminder to watch out for motorcycles



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March 26, 2003, 02:45 PM

I like to,........

pull up right beside them,...

(after you know that they've seen ya) :mad2:

and make a fist, and....
use the ball of it to,....

SMASH OFF ONE OF THEIR MIRRORZ! :o

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ya wear a modified scuba tank on yer back and,......
the tank provides the air for,........
a nifty little home-made device that,....

FIREZ GOLF BALLZ AT THEM!

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ps, I waz almost hit TWICE today.....


:mad2: :mad2: :mad2:


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March 26, 2003, 04:32 PM

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and make a fist, and....
use the ball of it to,....

SMASH OFF ONE OF THEIR MIRRORZ
So I'm not the only one who does that?
I hate the mirrors that fold in. Some to the front, some the the rear. I hit an Integra mirror from the glass side and it just pivoted forward. :mad2: Bitch did even bother to fix it.



Just before I got recalled I was really close to busting a mirror on a Jag because the bastard was giving me :finger2: in his rearview for no reason.


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April 4, 2003, 07:20 AM

I fell ya'lls pain, I was on my way home yesterday crossing over the potomac on 66 and this old b!tch in a 4 ton hoopty starts drifting left into my lane - mind you, I am far left lane inching closer and closer to the concrete wall - car in front of me, car behind me and blind b!tch beside me. I am blowing my horn, flashing my lights, yelling that the top of my lungs. Lucky for me the car in front of me switched lanes and i was able to escape. I flipped that old bag off and hauled a$$ away from her.

[Edited on 4/4/2003 by MrHyd]


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April 11, 2003, 12:12 PM

man, whats with all you sitting in peoples blind spots, im all about smashin people that are careless, but shiit, ive never had as much trouble as you, jsut this one guy in northern virginia

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wouldnt let me merge and motherfuucker tried to ram me,no lie
hopefully ill see him when its not bumper to bumper traffic, witnesses are bad mmmmmkay
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I work with a guy that used to carry large ball bearings in his jacket pocket. Come into his lane and he puts a metal ball in your front seat!
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