Title

Error Detection

Presenter Information

Christopher Prather

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Most people are confident in answering “yes” when asked if they would recognize a change when a person in front of them switches with someone else. Research on a phenomenon, known as change blindness, surprisingly contradicts this belief. In the present study, the question of whether or not change blindness can occur in editing is investigated. There are six different instruments containing an editing exercise. A font size change occurs in either the first, middle, or last sentence in each exercise. The change is by two points, either larger or smaller than the standard 12 point font. How often participants recognize a change in font will be measured to determine if change blindness is present. The hypothesis for this study is that if change blindness does occur in editing, then very few participants will notice the font change. The anticipated results for this study are that most participants will not recognize the font change, confirming the hypothesis.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Marte Fallshore

Additional Mentoring Department

Psychology

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Error Detection

SURC 201

Most people are confident in answering “yes” when asked if they would recognize a change when a person in front of them switches with someone else. Research on a phenomenon, known as change blindness, surprisingly contradicts this belief. In the present study, the question of whether or not change blindness can occur in editing is investigated. There are six different instruments containing an editing exercise. A font size change occurs in either the first, middle, or last sentence in each exercise. The change is by two points, either larger or smaller than the standard 12 point font. How often participants recognize a change in font will be measured to determine if change blindness is present. The hypothesis for this study is that if change blindness does occur in editing, then very few participants will notice the font change. The anticipated results for this study are that most participants will not recognize the font change, confirming the hypothesis.