Inattentional Blindness: Present Knowledge, Recent Research and Implications for the Nuclear Industry
32nd Annual CNS Conference - 2011 June 05-08

Presented at:
32nd Annual CNS Conference
2011 June 05-08
Niagara Falls, Canada
Session Title:
Training, Infrastructure, and Communication

Jeff Budau (Bruce Power)


Inattentional blindness can occur when our attention has been assigned to a primary task and not enough attentional resources are left to detect what can be a very important unexpected event.  This unexpected event is often something that would be detected under normal conditions.  Recent research has shown that perceptual load, and qualities of the unexpected stimulus can impact the occurrence of inattentional blindness.  As the nuclear industry has situations of high perceptual load, consideration should be given to the implications of this research. 

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