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Consciousness RevisitedMaterialism without Phenomenal Concepts$
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Michael Tye

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012737

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012737.001.0001

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Change Blindness and the Refrigerator Light Illusion

Change Blindness and the Refrigerator Light Illusion

(p.155) 7 Change Blindness and the Refrigerator Light Illusion
Consciousness Revisited

Michael Tye

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on a phenomenon known as change blindness, wherein major changes can be made in pictures without the viewer being conscious of them. Various hypotheses have been put forward on the basis of the change-blindness experiments. The most important of these are the arguments contending that we do not see all the changes; another one stating that, although we are under the impression that we see everything in the visual field, this is, in fact, an illusion; and another one that states that our visual experience is much sparser than is commonly supposed. In this chapter, it is argued that a significant part of the initial claims made by change-blindness theorists is correct or at least very plausible.

Keywords:   change blindness, change-blindness experiments, illusion, visual experience, change-blindness theorists

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