Can you spot the gorilla in this CT scan? Most radiologists couldn't

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Michelle Castillo -

An upcoming study from psychological scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston showed that 83 percent of radiologists failed to spot the animal, even though they went past it four times on average.

The study attracted widespread media coverage, which referenced the work of Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Chabris. He, along with Daniel J. Simons, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois, is the author of The Invisible Gorilla, And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us.

Now in paperback, the book, according to the authors, tackles “six everyday illusions that profoundly influence our lives: the illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause, and potential.”

Chabris joined Union in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard, where he was a research associate and lecturer. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.