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Change blindness is the experimentally demonstrated phenomenon in which a subject fails to notice a distinguishing feature or change when consecutively presented with two slightly different stimuli (e.g., words, illustrations or photographs). Change blindness occurs when stimuli are changed during saccadic eye movements, when changes are introduced to a stimulus display that flickers on and off, or when the stimulus is interrupted by a 'mask', for example a blank display or a 'mudsplash', consisting of small, high-contrast shapes temporarily 'splattered' over the image. Inattentional blindness is a related experimentally demonstrated phenomenon in which subjects fail to notice stimuli in their visual field because they are engaged in a task that requires attention to a different stimulus. For example, some subjects fail to notice a stimulus presented close to fixation because they are attending to a cross at fixation to discern which of its lines is longer. Inattentional blindness also occurs with complex and dynamic stimuli. In a popular experiment subjects fail to notice a man in a gorilla suit who walks through the action in the video they are watching. Similar effects can be produced in "real-world" situations, situations in which subjects interact directly with other people and not merely with video images. These results have been taken to show that there is no explicit conscious awareness of an item without attention, and that if it seems to us that we experience many items in our visual field simultaneously or in detail we are subject to an illusion. Both of these conclusions are contested.

Key works Key works on change blindness include: Rensink et al 1997O'Regan et al 1999, and Rensink et al 2000. Key works on inattentional blindness include: Mack & Rock 1998Mack & Rock 2003Simons & Chabris 1999Most et al 2000 Key works on the grand illusion include: Noë 2002 and Mack 2002.
Introductions Good introductory works include: Mack & Rock 1998Mack & Rock 2003. For a popular introduction see Chabris and Simons (2010), The Invisible Gorilla. 
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    Does Phenomenal Consciousness Overflow Attention? An Argument From Feature-Integration.Joshua Myers - 2017 - Florida Philosophical Review 17 (1):28-44.
    In the past two decades a number of arguments have been given in favor of the possibility of phenomenal consciousness without attentional access, otherwise known as phenomenal overflow. This paper will show that the empirical data commonly cited in support of this thesis is, at best, ambiguous between two equally plausible interpretations, one of which does not posit phenomenology beyond attention. Next, after citing evidence for the feature-integration theory of attention, this paper will give an account of the relationship between (...)
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    Attention, Fixation, and Change Blindness.Tony Cheng - 2017 - Philosophical Inquiries 5 (1):19-26.
    The topic of this paper is the complex interaction between attention, fixation, and one species of change blindness. The two main interpretations of the target phenomenon are the ‘blindness’ interpretation and the ‘inaccessibility’ interpretation. These correspond to the sparse view (Dennett 1991; Tye, 2007) and the rich view (Dretske 2007; Block, 2007a, 2007b) of visual consciousness respectively. Here I focus on the debate between Fred Dretske and Michael Tye. Section 1 describes the target phenomenon and the dialectics it entails. Section (...)
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    Three Scenes in a Gallery.David Leys - 1999 - Literature & Aesthetics 9:97-98.
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    On Detection and Attribution.H. von Storch - 2014 - Constructivist Foundations 10 (1):131-132.
    Open peer commentary on the article “On Climate Change Research, the Crisis of Science and Second-order Science” by Philipp Aufenvenne, Heike Egner & Kirsten von Elverfeldt. Upshot: I discuss the concepts of detection and attribution as they are used in scientific discussions about the cause of global warming.
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    Spatial Allocation of Attention-Line Length Discrimination Versus Luminance Detection.Am Bonnel, Ca Possamai & B. Scharf - 1987 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 25 (5):347-347.
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    The Face-Detection Effect-Splitting is as Good as Inverting.Dg Purcell & Al Stewart - 1986 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 24 (5):349-349.
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    Decoupling of Intuitions and Performance in the Use of Complex Visual Displays.Mary Hegarty, Harvey S. Smallman & Andrew T. Stull - 2008 - In B. C. Love, K. McRae & V. M. Sloutsky (eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society. pp. 881--886.
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    New Motion-Induced Blindness Observed in Pulfrich Situation.H. Li - 2004 - In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell. pp. 82-82.
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    Orientation-Selective Adaptation During Motion-Induced Blindness.Leila Montaser-Kouhsari, Farshad Moradi, Amin Zandvakili & Hossein Esteky - 2004 - In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell. pp. 249-254.
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    Does the Detection of Surface Deformations Result From Global or Local Processing of Disparity Gradient?C. Devisme, A. Monot, B. Drobe & C. Pedrono - 2004 - In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell. pp. 93-93.
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    The Effect of Illusory Contours, Luminance, Spatial Uncertainty, and Aging on Visual Detection.V. Salvano-Pardieu, B. Wink, A. Taliercio, R. Fontaine & K. Manktelow - 2004 - In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell. pp. 77-77.
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    Adaptation to Blurred and Jumbled Scenes Depends on Observer's Ametropia.G. Giraudet & L. Azavant - 2004 - In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell. pp. 117-117.
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    Extinction-Like Effects in a Spatio-Temporal Attention Task: A Transient Neglect in Normal Observers?G. Hesselmann & M. Niedeggen - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S84 - S84.
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    Aware or Unaware? Signal Localisation and Detection in a Field of Relative Cortical Blindness.A. Zontanou, P. Stoerig & A. Cowey - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S82 - S82.
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    Human Detection of Contrast Gradient Gratings with and Without External Noise.A. Syvaejaervi, J. Rovamo & R. Naesaenen - 1996 - In Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Perception. Ridgeview. pp. 81-82.
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    How Acting Allows to Segregate Objects in a Visual Scene.P. Gaussier, C. Joulain, A. Revel & J. P. Cocquerez - 1996 - In Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Perception. Ridgeview. pp. 51-52.
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    The Attentional Capacity of Visual Search Under Flicker Conditions.R. A. Rensink - 1996 - In Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Perception. Ridgeview. pp. 25--2.
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    Impaired Peripheral Detection Mechanisms in Parkinson's Disease.A. Weinstein & T. Troscianko - 1996 - In Enrique Villanueva (ed.), Perception. Ridgeview. pp. 142-142.
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    On the Perception of Stability and Change.Andrzej Goralski & Tadeusz Tomaszewski - 1995 - Dialogue and Universalism 5 (5-6):137.
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    Grand Illusion-Appreciation of Ellul, J.Ra Nesbit - 1971 - Humanitas 6 (3):351-361.
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    Effect of the Task, Visual and Semantic Context on Word Target Detection.Laure Léger, Charles Tijus & Thierry Baccino - 2005 - In B. Kokinov A. Dey (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer. pp. 278--291.
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    Natural Scene Statistics and Salient Visual Features.Christoph Zetzsche - 2005 - In Laurent Itti, Geraint Rees & John K. Tsotsos (eds.), Neurobiology of Attention. Academic Press. pp. 226--232.
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    Attention and Scene Understanding.Vidhya Navalpakkam, Michael Arbib & Laurent Itti - 2005 - In Laurent Itti, Geraint Rees & John K. Tsotsos (eds.), Neurobiology of Attention. Academic Press. pp. 197--203.
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    Gist of the Scene.Aude Oliva - 2005 - In Laurent Itti, Geraint Rees & John K. Tsotsos (eds.), Neurobiology of Attention. Academic Press. pp. 696--64.
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    Human Gaze Control During Real-World Scene Perception.J. Henderson - 2003 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 (11):498-504.
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    Organizing Objects and Scenes.Stephen E. Palmer - 2002 - In Daniel Levitin (ed.), Foundations of Cognitive Psychology: Core Readings. MIT Press. pp. 189--211.
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    Higher-Order Processes in Auditory-Change Detection.Risto Näätänen & Kimmo Alho - 1997 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 1 (2):44-45.
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    The Detection of Phylogeny.Joseph Felsenstein - 1994 - In E. Sober (ed.), Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology. The Mit Press. Bradford Books. pp. 363.
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    Oral Vibrotactile Stimulation: A Method for Monitoring Change in Lingual Sensitivity as a Function of Time.Donald J. Fucci, Ann P. Curtis & Martha M. Harnack - 1974 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 4 (6):573-574.
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    Paranormal Believers Are More Prone to Illusory Agency Detection Than Skeptics.Michiel van Elk - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (3):1041-1046.
    It has been hypothesized that illusory agency detection is at the basis of belief in supernatural agents and paranormal beliefs. In the present study a biological motion perception task was used to study illusory agency detection in a group of skeptics and a group of paranormal believers. Participants were required to detect the presence or absence of a human agent in a point-light display. It was found that paranormal believers had a lower perceptual sensitivity than skeptics, which was due to (...)
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    Looking Ahead: Attending to Anticipatory Locations Increases Perception of Control.Laura E. Thomas & Adriane E. Seiffert - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (1):375-381.
    When people manipulate a moving object, such as writing with a pen or driving a car, they experience their actions as intimately related to the object’s motion, that is they perceive control. Here, we tested the hypothesis that observers would feel more control over a moving object if an unrelated task drew attention to a location to which the object subsequently moved. Participants steered an object within a narrow path and discriminated the color of a flash that appeared briefly close (...)
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    Eye Movements to Audiovisual Scenes Reveal Expectations of a Just World.Mitchell J. Callan, Heather J. Ferguson & Markus Bindemann - 2013 - Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 142 (1):34.
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    Effect of Method of Payoff on the Detection of Targets in a Visual Search Task.Joseph F. Hearns & Stanley M. Moss - 1968 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 78 (4p1):569.
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    Choice Blindness and the Non-Unitary Nature of the Mind (Commentary on von Hippel and Trivers).Johansson Petter - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (1):28-29.
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    Choice Blindness and the Non-Unitary Nature of the Human Mind.Petter Johansson, Lars Hall & Peter Gärdenfors - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (1):28-29.
    Experiments on choice blindness support von Hippel & Trivers's (VH&T's) conception of the mind as fundamentally divided, but they also highlight a problem for VH&T's idea of non-conscious self-deception: If I try to trick you into believing that I have a certain preference, and the best way is to also trick myself, I might actually end up having that preference, at all levels of processing.
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    Decidability and Complexity of Event Detection Problems for ODEs.Keijo Ruohonen - 1997 - Complexity 2 (6):41-53.
    The ability of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) to simulate discrete machines with a universal computing power indicates a new source of difficulties for event detection problems. Indeed, nearly any kind of event detection is algorithmi- cally undecidable for infinite or finite half-open time intervals, and explicitly given “well-behaved” ODEs (see [18]). Practical event detection, however, usually takes place on finite closed time intervals. In this paper the undecidability of general event detection is extended to such intervals. On the other hand, (...)
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    Taste Thresholds, Detection Models, and Disparate Results.Eugene Linker, Mary E. Moore & Eugene Galanter - 1964 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 67 (1):59.
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    Effect of Certain Noises Upon Detection of Visual Signals.William H. Watkins - 1964 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 67 (1):72.
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    The Nature of Errors in Experimental Lie Detection.D. Van Buskirk & F. L. Marcuse - 1954 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 47 (3):187.
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    Attentional Factors in Conceptual Congruency.Julio Santiago, Marc Ouellet, Antonio Román & Javier Valenzuela - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (6):1051-1077.
    Conceptual congruency effects are biases induced by an irrelevant conceptual dimension of a task (e.g., location in vertical space) on the processing of another, relevant dimension (e.g., judging words’ emotional evaluation). Such effects are a central empirical pillar for recent views about how the mind/brain represents concepts. In the present paper, we show how attentional cueing (both exogenous and endogenous) to each conceptual dimension succeeds in modifying both the manifestation and the symmetry of the effect. The theoretical implications of this (...)
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    Grand Illusion and Grand Presence. Introduction.Victoria Louise Stone - 2011 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 2 (1).
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    The Nature and Nurture of Expertise: A Fourth Dimension. [REVIEW]Gregory J. Feist - 2013 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (2):275-288.
    One formative idea behind the workshop on expertise in Berkeley in August of 2010 was to develop a viable “trading zone” of ideas, which is defined as a location “in which communities with a deep problem of communication manage to communicate” (Collins et al. 2010, p. 8). In the current case, the goal is to have a trading zone between philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists who communicate their ideas on expertise such that productive interdisciplinary collaboration results. In this paper, I review (...)
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