Our Perception of The World

April 6, 2011 Katharina Lochner

Seeing The World As It Isn’t

Many people only believe in what they see. However, is what you actually see really the truth?

Try it out yourselves by watching the following video.

Professor Daniel Simons from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that we perceive only what we draw our attention to. In the following video, he explains what effects this can have.

So we only see what we draw our attention to, and therefore, not everybody sees the same. This is important when conducting a presentation: not everyone in the audience sees the same, and they don’t necessarily see what the presenter sees. So we need to take this into account whenever we are presenting something to an audience, be it in a business or a university setting. How? Professor Simons suggests to always test your knowledge. Another opportunity is to draw your audience’s attention to what you are currently talking about, for example by pointing at it on your power point slide and explaining it.

Not everybody sees the same, and we tend to see the world as it isn’t.


About the Author

Katharina Lochner

Dr Katharina Lochner is the former research director for the cut-e Group which was acquired by Aon in 2017. Katharina is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Iserlohn, Germany. In her role at cut-e, she applied the research in organizational and work psychology to real-world assessment practice. She has a strong expertise in the construction and evaluation of online psychometric tools.

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