And Now for Something Completely Different: Inattentional Blindness during a Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketch

Richard Wiseman, Caroline Watt

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Abstract

Perceptual science has frequently benefited from studying illusions created outside of academia. Here, we describe a striking, but little-known, example of inattentional blindness from the British comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Viewers fail to attend to several highly incongruous characters in the sketch, despite these characters being clearly visible onscreen. The sketch has the potential to be a valuable research and teaching resource, as well as providing a vivid illustration of how people often fail to see something completely different.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-40
Number of pages3
Journali-Perception
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • attention
  • illusion
  • inattentional blindness
  • Monty Python
  • perception

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