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Very interesting test of perception September 19, 2008

Posted by composmentis in Science.

Check this out FIRST, then comment.  Don’t read any comments until you’ve watched the video.


1. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

Very interesting.

There’s an awesome article about consensus (what’s the plural of consensus?) in science. I’ll try to find it again.

2. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

This is it. It’s focused toward nutrition/diet, but I can see where it works in almost any field.


3. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

Okay, I either got distracted and forgot to actually post the comment w/ the link (entirely possible today), or it got disappeared between posting and showing up.

Here’s a second try:


That article leans more toward nutrition/diet, but it’s easy to see how it applies to several fields.

4. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

Ahah, it wasn’t me. Looks like the filter is sucking up my link.

5. Michael - September 19, 2008

Yup, you were in the spam filter.

6. daveintexas - September 19, 2008

God that’s funny.

Or embarrassing. I totally missed it.

7. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

I must admit that’s my first trip ever to a spam filter. I think I feel dirty 🙂

8. Barry in CO - September 19, 2008

Sorry- it made me dizzy. What was the question?

9. IreneFingIrene - September 19, 2008

ape suit – RACIST!

10. Cathy - September 19, 2008

I did not see the guy in the gorilla suit at all. Fun. Thanks, Compos.

Not surprised. If I wanted to try and get that count right (I counted 17 but thought I missed one when someone in black blocked my view — maybe the guy in the gorilla suit — and was considering adding the one I missed and making it 18) then I knew I would have to block out the other stuff.

11. composmentis - September 19, 2008

I did exactly the same thing Cathy. I counted 17 the first time. So, not only did I not see the freaking GORILLA walk to center stage, beat its chest, and exit, I missed a pass.

12. daveintexas - September 19, 2008

It was 18?

So, not only do I suck at not seeing what I’m not looking at, I also suck at seeing what I’m supposed to be looking at?

Good to know.

13. mesablue - September 19, 2008

I saw it, but not until it was standing in the center.

14. Wickedpinto - September 19, 2008

I didn’t see the gorilla suit, I new I saw something, but I didn’t know what the hell it was, I thought there might have been an edit or something. Like compos and cathy said. I just couldn’t put my finger on what I was seeing.

Pretty funny stuff.

15. Ann - September 19, 2008

So, is this how polling works? The other night, I had a radio station from Des Moines call me. After listening to their introduction, which explained why they were calling – to establish whether Iowans were voting based on race _( my words, not theirs), it occurred to me that they were “setting up ” my opinion for their questions. In other words, they passed a gorrilla right through the middle of the questions, but I didn’t see it because I was still thinking about their introduction.

Make sense?

16. Cathy - September 19, 2008

Make sense?

Yep… purrfect sense… to me.

17. Wickedpinto - September 19, 2008

It’s a great demonstration of public speaking, and salesmanship.

There are so many small, and subtle things, not just with words but also with subtle inflection that changes the dynamic.

I’m only a novice at either of those, but It’s easy to recognize how assignment overrides perception without a doubt.

Yes, it’s makes sense.

18. Renee - September 19, 2008

I caught the gorilla but missed a pass. Does that mean I’m good at multi-tasking or easily distracted?? lol
In a study I read (many years ago) it was found that women were better at multitasking because eons of evolution had made us mothers and gatherers. While men are best at focusing on one thing and blocking out all distraction, hence great hunters. When the announcer said their was a gender difference I made sure to pay extra close attention because of the other study. Maybe I wouldn’t have seen the gorilla suit if I hadn’t read the study. Who knows!

19. Great Web Links - September 19, 2008

Gorila was a men it was fake gorrila lolz

20. Mrs. Peel - September 19, 2008

Yeah, when I saw that before, I TOTALLY missed the gorilla. I was focusing with laser-like intensity on the passes.

But never mind that. I have a burning question. Does anyone else refer to laundromats as “washaterias,” or is that a Texas-only thing?

Speaking of Texas-only things, I have been on both sides of the following conversation:

Texan 1: Wanna Coke?
Texan 2: Sure.
Texan 1: What kind?
Texan 2: Dr. Pepper.

21. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

I’ve never heard of a washateria before, but I’ve done the Coke–>why kind thing.

22. TattooedIntellectual - September 19, 2008

Hmmm, why kind=what kind.

23. Wickedpinto - September 19, 2008

IN MY! opinion?

I was someone who liked doing a good job.

My job was counting the passes.

I was ASSIGNED that job, anyone who did notice the gorilla? My guess is they weren’t doing their jobs.

I’m just saying.

You can do this easily, in a LOT of ways. and while I think it is funny, but really the people who DID notice the gorilla? isn’t a testiment of their intellect, or their ability to see broad subjects, but rather, that they are too lazy to do their assigned jobs in the first place.

Doubt me?

question me about other things.

I’m a genius, no really, I am.
Even though I’m poor, and panicky, and a lot of other things.
I’m a genius.

24. Dave in Texas - September 19, 2008

Hey Peelie!

I’m a dork, saw you commenting earlier, didn’t greet you. My bad.

You got power back at home, or just at work kid?

Glad you’re okey doke.

25. banor - September 20, 2008

couldn’t hear the audio on this vid, but yes, I believe I’ve seen it before and no, I didn’t catch it the first time. lol. oh well. 😉


26. Retired Geezer - September 20, 2008

Does anyone else refer to laundromats as “washaterias,”

Shouldn’t that be waRshaterias?

My mom used to Warsh clothes when I was a kid.

27. S. Weasel - September 20, 2008

I’m pretty sure there were seventeen completed and one not quite completed passes and yes, I totally saw the gorilla. But I’m SCARY VISUAL like that.

Up here in Yankeeland, they call dry cleaners “cleansers” which is really odd.

28. BrewFan - September 20, 2008

My mom used to Warsh clothes when I was a kid.

That is a Midwest dialect. Is your mom from the Midwest, RG?

29. geoff - September 20, 2008

I’ve been buried in work for past month, so I’m sort of missing the story on our financial near(?)-disaster over the past couple of days. Anybody want to take a swing at summarizing it for me? Like, what the bail-out package does beyond salvaging Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and why our dorky financial institutions were so vulnerable?

30. Retired Geezer - September 20, 2008

That is a Midwest dialect. Is your mom from the Midwest, RG?

Good guess, Brew. She’s an Okie.

31. Mr Minority - September 20, 2008

As I was counting, I saw the gorilla, but discounted him because I needed to counted the ball being passed.

I got 17

And if you noticed the speaker guy never told us what the correct # of passes was. So I could be correct.

WP, your justification on why you missed the gorilla, sounds like something a Democrat would say.

32. lauraw - September 20, 2008

S.Weasel, that must be a Rhode Island thing. Connecticutians call them Dry Cleaners, or The Cleaners.

33. Wickedpinto - September 20, 2008

Yes Mr. Minority, and I was gonna follow up with.

“I blame bush.”

34. asad123 - September 21, 2008

I counted 17 passes I didn’t notice the gorilla until the second run of the tape. I think I assumed the gorilla was another kid in a black shirt.
Check me out at asad123.wordpress.com.

35. Mrs. Peel - September 21, 2008

Parents have power. I got power back for a couple hours last night, but lost it again. Work starts again tomorrow.

36. Wickedpinto - September 21, 2008

Mrs. Peel is powerless.

Just the way I like them.

37. Anonymous - October 28, 2008

Guess I might have ADHD, cause I noticed the ape guy straight away… interesting.

38. bob - December 11, 2008


39. BrewFan - December 11, 2008

Hi bob!

*takes drink*

40. Dave in Texas - December 11, 2008

heh. watching Bob Newhart

41. Wickedpinto - February 11, 2009

watched it again.

I still blame bush.

42. kathy - June 3, 2009


43. Kristina - September 19, 2009

Wow, I didnt see the gorilla at first. That’s crazy how were so focused on counting that you don’t even see things..

44. Lauren - October 5, 2009

“Guess I might have ADHD, cause I noticed the ape guy straight away… interesting.”

That doesn’t mean anything… I have ADHD and didn’t notice the guy in the ape suit til the second viewing of the video.

45. Tracie - September 20, 2010

That was awesome, I did not notice the guy in the ape suit until he showed the video again

46. Keysle Sorm - September 20, 2010

I noticed it.

Diagnose me now

47. T - April 9, 2011

I miss counted but I saw the gorilla right way. I am not sure what that means, how I should take it.

48. Michael - April 9, 2011

I am not sure what that means, how I should take it.

You should investigate your family background. Seriously, are you really sure you were born on this planet?

49. Anonymous - June 27, 2011

Hmmm! This is very interesting. This is not something we often think about the way we often see things are by habbit or consistancy.

50. Anonymous - July 3, 2011

Cute. But I saw the gorilla the first time around! :~)

51. Anon - May 2, 2013


52. aaa - September 20, 2015

I counted 17, I think I missed a pass. But during counting I remember thinking ‘9.. 10.. Is that a dancing gorilla? 11.. 12..”

53. Adrian Vargas - May 10, 2017

The video was very interesting, I was able to notice the singularity in video. What the speaker said is very true, once the mind is set on a task that we may miss the obvious things.

54. Andres Jiron - October 4, 2017

This is a great video. I is very interesting, I always thought that I was the kind of person that once I made my mind up about something I was going to stick to it. But this video goes more into depth. For instance, there are times that I am writing something and when I read it I read what I want it to say but there have been many instance where there were mistakes.

55. Antonia Hamilton - May 7, 2018

Great video. I definitely did not realize the guy in the ape suit. I only was focused on counting the passes of the people in the white shirts. It shows we as people are oblivious to certain things and situations going on right in front of us.

56. FATIMA BUENO - May 10, 2018

I was so focused on counting the passes between the people in the white shirts that I didn’t even notice when I saw the individual in the ape suit walking towards the center. It does show that their are certain things that we don’t even realize or even notice happening in front of us.

57. alex d callahan - July 29, 2019

Interesting video. I counted a total of 16 passes throughout the one minute video. I did notice the gorilla in the first viewing. My job requires A.T.D.(attention to detail) and this has been a staple in my career for the last 9 years. Very interesting to see the audiences lack of noticing the gorilla while given a task such as counting the number of passes.

58. Alexis - December 9, 2019

As I was watching the video on perception I was already “primed” as the man said to watch for the white t-shirts and count more efficiently as I would say since he mentioned a “gender difference” and I wanted to be more accurate. As watching the video I found it a little hard to count as they were moving around a lot and switching paths, that I actually did not notice the bear in the middle walking right through and dancing, I was very surprised I missed that huge detail. But as the man said that the studies were right and little will see the bear because we are already primed on two different factors, I thought this video was very interesting and plan to try it on other people to see their reaction.

59. CJ 221 Assignment - EssayPanthers - December 12, 2019

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60. Kyle Duncan - March 4, 2020

CJ 221 Assignment
I’ve seen this before and yet when I focused on what I was meant to look for, it still doesn’t catch my attention when the ape suit person walked through. I believe everything that happens in life “primes” you to focus on different things such as your job, your ethnicity, your culture or a situation that you’re in… It takes your focus and you begin to ignore the rest.

61. JOAQUIN - December 8, 2020

When I watched this video I listened to the speaker say that I should count the white shirts and of course the gender difference when it came to playing basketball. What was interesting was a female in a black shirt actually got hit in the head by a basketball at one point. I also saw the person in a ape suit. Noticing this, I kept my eye off the ball for a second or two. I may of miss a count because my number was lower than what the audience stated. At the end of the video the man said ‘prime’. That we as prime ourselves by only focusing on what our task is. This true, because though I noticed the ape and the girl. That is all I remember, nothing else in particular.

62. Rayon Gardner - December 8, 2020

this was very interesting, when the video started i was so focus on counting the amount of time i saw the ball was being pass i only notice the guy in the ape suit after he was walking out of the group. since the task was to count the passes i did not give any though to the guy that was dress in the ape suit

63. Daniel Navarro - March 1, 2021

In the video, the speaker has instructed us to identify and maintain visuals on a certain group of individuals with an idea that was introduced to us regarding their actions. While having this idea about a group of individuals carrying out a specific set of actions and maintaining focus on what they do and how they do it, we as the viewer may or may not have watched an individual in a gorilla costume pass right through the set, make an identifying gesture and walk out of shot. Being told what we should look for in this video has made us blind to overt realities of the scene much like in everyday life. 

64. Keion Joseph - March 2, 2021

Before the video, the speaker instructed us to identify and maintain visuals on a specific group and the actions they were doing. While focusing on the specific action; we were told to pay attention to, a individual in a gorilla costume casually walks through the group while some viewers may have not identified he/she because of being laser focused on the specific task at hand. Situations like this is proof that we can be oblivious to our surroundings if we have our focus on one specific task.

65. Charlie Alicea Rivera - March 3, 2021

Great video.

I counted 18 passes I didn’t notice the gorilla until the second part of the video. I assumed the gorilla was another kid in a black shirt. I only was focused on counting the passes of the people in the white shirts. It shows we as people are oblivious to certain things and situations going on right in front of us.

66. Danika Burrell - October 6, 2021

So my eyes were all over the places because I was not sure what I was looking however my eyes caught the guy in the ape suit lol I think that was very obvious for me.

67. Danika Burrell - October 6, 2021

This is actually a very interesting video to me , after rewatching the video I realized what the instructor had mentioned at the beginning of the video and I counted 18 passes but the guy in the Ape suite still caught my eyes first.

68. Elizabeth Robledo-Solis - October 6, 2021

This was a very interesting clip to watch. I heard every instruction given and followed it but I also completely missed the ape costume. I say it was interesting because how crazy it is when we are looking for a specific thing we kind of put blinders on to other things. I did only count 17 passes though. There was a moment where there was too much commotion so I am assuming that’s when I missed the guy in the ape suit trying to look at the passes being made. Good video!

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