“We never expected this”
Mr. Benedikt Ehinger stated, “We thought people would either make their choice without preference, or with a preference towards the real stimulus, but exactly the opposite happened – there was in fact a strong bias towards the filled-in stimulus inside the blind spot.”
People preferred the circle that was in their blind spot, the circle their brain was filling in information for, 65% of participants to be exact.
While this may just seem like a fun little experiment, it’s not without it’s serious merit.
Professor König explained the importance of these surprising results, saying, “By finding out how implied stimuli are compared to real ones, we can better understand how other internal sources of information are weighted against external, real information.”
Find your blind spot
You can find out exactly where your eye has a blind spot by using these experiments.
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