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Juggling Inattention Blindness

Duration: 02:26

Professor Bruce Hood shows that directing our attention to a specific task means we may not perceive all of what goes on in the world around us.

He asks a live audience to count how many times the Croydon Juggling Club pass two coloured batons between each other.

Whilst the audience do this, a man in a gorilla outfit walks past the jugglers. When asked after the juggling act, most of the audience had not seen the gorilla.

Available since: Mon 23 Jan 2012


Series Producer
Leesa Rumley
Bruce Hood
Executive Producer
David Dugan

This clip is from

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2011, Who's in Charge Here Anyway?

2/3 Bruce Hood tests the limits of human memory and finds out how the brain takes shortcuts.

First broadcast: 28 Dec 2011

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