Why am I always in the slowest moving traffic lane?
Many times when I was driving in a busy freeway, one thing I noted was that I almost always in the slowest lane of the freeway. However, when I switched to the lane that I saw was faster, all the sudden the lane I switched from is moving faster than the one I was driving in. Many of us might experience this once in a while. It surprises me because I usually believe what I saw is right. But in this case, it is not. Which raise a question, should I believe in the entire thing I see? In the first chapter of the text book “Psychology From Inquiry to Understanding” it says “Even though our perceptions are often accurate, we can’t always trust them to provide us with an error-free picture of the world.” (p.5, Shepard, 1991) As it says in the book, we tend to believe what we see and trust our common senses for most of everything because of the way we perceive the world. A research done by Donald A. Redelmeier of the University of Toronto and Robert J. Tibshirani of Standford university in 1999 shows that when we are driving, “drivers spent much more time watching other cars whiz by, creating the illusion that the next lane was moving faster.” (source 1). They also explain that the illusion occurs because more time is generally spent being overtaken by other cars than is spent in overtaking them. Which I agree with them because I realized when I was drive in a busy freeway, I tended to who at the cars on the other lanes that driven by which I did not realize that my lane was also moving.
Sources: Psychology From Inquiry to Understanding by Scott Liienfeld, Steven Lynn, Laura Namy, and Nancy Woolf.
Source A: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/2546/title/Highway_Relativity