A new study co-authored by Christopher F. Chabris, an assistant professor of psychology, tested the claims of a Boston police officer who said he ran past a brutal police beating without seeing it. After re-creating some conditions of the original incident and testing the perceptions of Union students who ran past a staged fight, the researchers found the officer’s story plausible.
The study appears in the peer-reviewed open access journal i-Perception. Chabris and co-author Daniel Simons, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois, study visual cognition, which explores the brain mechanisms that govern visual attention. They are fascinated by how what we see (or don’t see) influences our perceptions of ourselves and of the world.
Multiple national and local media outlets have reported on the story.
To see a story on ABC News, click here.
To read an article in the Times Union, click here.
Chabris joined Union in the fall of 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, where he was a research associate and lecturer.
Chabris and Simons are the authors of the recent book, “The Invisible Gorilla, And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us.”