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All is not what it seems,
This review is from: The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us (Paperback)
Chabris and Simons are responsible for the famous gorilla video, subject of the 1999 'Gorillas in the Midst' article in Perception, which has been widely used in safety training (among other things). If you haven't seen the video I won't spoil it!
Chapter 1 focuses on the 'illusion of attention' / 'seeing but not seeing' concentrating on the original experiment, a case of a Boston policemen who missed a seeing a crime while in hot pursuit, the USS Greenville SSN / FV Eime Mahru collision, road accidents and NASA Ames simulator studies where runway incursions were missed by approaching aircraft. Relevant to consideration of the difficulty (even the danger) of multi-tasking.
Chapter 2 looks at how we don't remember as well as we think. Examples include some quick post 9/11 experiments, spotting (or not) film continuity errors and so on.
Chapter 3 looks at how on average people think they are smarter than the average! It also looks at a mistaken, but highly confident, identification leading to a wrongful conviction.
Chapter 4 is on the 'illusion of knowledge', a mistaken belief that we actually understand more than we do.
Chapter 5 is on false perception of causality, using the false connection between the MMR jab and autism as an example, and also how one anecdote from a friend have more effect than stacks of scientific data on perceptions and behaviour.
Chapter 6 covers the optimistic 'illusion of potential' i.e. thinking we have great untapped mental resources that can be release by (say) listening to Mozart.
The concluding chapter wraps this up with a neat exercise to spot the 6 illusions.
The earlier chapters do tend to be stronger than the subsequent ones.