Clever Cats: Do They Utilize Change Blindness as a Covered Approaching Strategy?

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Pastukhov, Alexander  ; Carbon, Claus-Christian  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 1-4
Source/Other editions: i-Perception, 12 (2021), 1, S. 1-4 - ISSN: 2041-6695
is version of: 10.1177/2041669521994597
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-548983
Sometimes, we do not notice big changes in our environment, if these changes occur while we perform eye movements or external events interrupt our perception. This striking phenomenon is known as “change blindness.” Research on chimpanzees, macaques, and pigeons suggests that change blindness may not be unique to humans, but our understanding is limited by the difficulty of carrying out change blindness experiments in animals. However, let’s have a look to the habitats of some of our most beloved four-legged friends: cats and dogs. Here, we list several online videos with cats and a husky appear to use humans’ change blindness to their advantage to sneak upon them. Thus, we might be able to deduce the effects of change blindness and other perceptual phenomena from animals’ behaviour. Our clear message: Watch more (cat) videos! Watch them as perceptual scientists by means of observing and analysing the cat’s behaviour.
GND Keywords: Visuelle Wahrnehmung; Psychologie; Veränderungsblindheit; Katze
Keywords: attention, change blindness, inattention/attention blindness, tracking/shifting attention
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CP 2500   
Type: Article
Release Date: 8. August 2022

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