It is unbelievable that we trust pilots to take people to locations from point a to point b safely everyday when in fact most pilots fail to notice another plane taxiing across the runway as they are trying to land. Sounds pretty hazardous to me.
This weird phenomenon is also known as change blindness: a failure to detect obvious changes in one's environment. Gratefully special psychologists are with aviation to reduce this problem from getting worse. In addition, inattentional blindness: lack of detecting stimuli in plain sight when our attention is focused elsewhere, goes hand in hand with change blindness. Studies, as the picture above displays, have shown that people could not even see a moonwalking monkey go across the frame as the viewer were to focus and count on the number of passes being tossed around. Although this does display some sort of inattentional blindness, does the fact that the monkey was black as was the black team a sort of disguise and therefore even harder to spot? Does this interfere with the test data? And is this a serious problem in today's society?