The Switcheroo

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago in Entertainment

I guess the lesson is people really don"t look at you much.
There are 98 comments:
Male 137
I would be pissed if i was there and she didn`t see the change. or at least slap her upside the head
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Female 1,095
How can one not notice, I mean are people
really not intersted in other people these days.
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Male 1,478
that was awesome!!!
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Male 70
That`s crazy. I probably wouldn`t have noticed. Maybe I would, but just think I was going insane and not mention anything.
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Female 576
lol i like watching studies like these..i wonder if i would notice the change
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Female 294
lol derren brown is a genius. i watched one show were he nailed robbie williams to a cross!
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Female 297
ok confession time..
i`ve had that happen to me, but then i work on checkouts at a supermarket, so not paying attention to customers too much is sort of necessary for mental and psychological health. i did notice that one though, so i`m not a complete dumb-arse
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Female 104
that was cool! i noticed! wow i feel so special! not really but o well thats cool though
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Female 394
I probably would just stare at him and be like... huh. and go on pointing on the map.
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Male 598
people probably notice but think that it was always that way, and are too afraid to say that they see a change, in case they are wrong
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Female 163
Studies in perception can explain for this phenomenon; people only encode/process the gist (i.e. white, middle age, male) of what they see when details are not important. So, the majority of people do not notice when details change but the gist remains the same. Doing this conserves engery by not processing every single detail one sees, which would just overwhelm our system. However, I would think that a change in skin colour would be noticed.
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Female 318
I would hope I would have realized that something was differant
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Female 121
Well... I feel sure that I would have noticed, but I am hugely unobservant, so maybe not..?
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Female 23
I`d like to think I`d notice.
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Male 223
i dont get it
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Female 109
i probably wouldn`t even have stopped to help cuz i suck at knowing where places are. i would have gotten somebody more lost.

and in the unlikely circumstance that i did. i wouldn`t have let those guys just go between like that - especially if there`s a load of room around. that`s just rude. lol.

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Male 373
she looked at the map the second time, not his face... so she would have only heard his voice and hands, which her brain would dismiss... but i she (or at least i would) looked at his face she whould notice
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Male 125
what the hell...lol
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Female 411
haha that`s messed up. i`d be like.. wait.. weren`t you just... w--. .. um nevermind. it would sound so racist
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Female 2,552
I think I would notice, if I didn`t I would laugh!
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Female 370
That African American young man was hot.
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Female 205
I`m not sure if I would notice, but I definitely wouldn`t say anything. I mean, what would you say?
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Male 2,372
You`d think she`d notice the smell...
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Male 1,550
kewl
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Male 733
lol, i`ve seen this b4 but its great it never gets old. some people are so stupid...
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Male 57
it looks like she notices that thats the wrong person but she isnt gonna argue with whats right in front of her.
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Male 2,486
Awesome.. I bet it has alot to do with teh big poster of the white guys face when they switched off.
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Male 2,781
WHAT DO YOU CALL, IN A NICE WAY, A PERSON OF THE NEGROID RACE?

NEGRO? BLACK MAN? COLORED? BROTHER? AFRICAN AMERICAN? WHAT IF HE`S NOT `AMERICAN`??

N`GGA?

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Female 1,492
she is a friggin` idiot
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Female 106
i woulda thought the big black guy ate the little man lol
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Male 111
Wait...White people don`t just change into black people!?

This would proboly only work on people busy, or going someplace... that lady was proboly going to work and wanted to help fast so she didnt notice... I think I would notice because..I`m almost never in a hurry and I usualy look at the people every 5 seconds...paranoia.

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Male 69
I would definitely notice that but I don`t know if I would say anything. Maybe she just didn`t say anything.
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Male 3,842
DTatum is correct - this is a replication of a well documented psychological study.
If the switch is between two white men, fewer than one out of ten notice, even if one is young and the other is old. If it is a switch from a white man to a white woman, or a white man to a black man, then the number who notice is close to 50% as DTatum said.

If you want to look it up, just look for "change blindness" - there are lots of demos online. One of them has a movie scene that instructs you to watch for the change, there are ten changes but people never report more than one of them, because when they are watching for it they only see the one they looked for and don`t notice the other nine.

Again, it is called "CHANGE BLINDNESS"

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Female 264
lol
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Male 45
lol...that is funny. Makes you wonder how easy things like this are to pull. Kinda like when a movie theater put single frames of coke and popcorn (invisible to the naked eye) and sales skyrocketed...interestin
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Female 1,007
Haha.
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Female 552
HAHAH
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Female 799
[quote]On 8/10/2006 12:34:29 PM firebird37 wrote: I would notice...but what would I say??[/quote]

Yeh, Ide prob notice, but not say anything.

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Female 199
hehe i saw something like that on the telly last night. the guy behind the counter kept switching, black, white, male, female, tall, short and half the contestants didn`t notice, it was funny :D
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Female 943
hahah nice one
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Female 329
I would notice...but what would I say??
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Male 10
That probably only works on a regular basis in places where there is not as big a difference in dialects.
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Female 1,426
lol thats sad...
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Female 447
I had to watch it three time to catch it, so I guess I`m no better.
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Female 221
I wouldn`t have noticed, I don`t notice much. Now I want to see the whole thing. -searches for the video-
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Female 1,944
lol! the black man was sexeh
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Female 228
Haha, cool. :P
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Male 3,014
"Hey, didn`t you use to be white?"
ROFLMFAO.
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Male 2,703
actually, i would notice. i have had this trick pulled on me at the amusement park. it was 2 kids, and when they changed (one was shorter than the other, slightly) i asked where his brother/friend went that i was talking to. they got all mad.
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Female 184
idiot
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Male 53
I might have noticed his hands holding the map... but probably not. I`m usually pretty unobservant.
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Female 109
All you people who think you would notice, how do you know you would? I saw something like this on TV yesterday and nobody noticed, its because you are focosing on something else so the part of your brain that can tell who the person is isn`t being used, we can tell that there is a swap when we watch the video clip because we are not focosing on anything else... or something like that, but there is a reason why people don`t notice and you cant tell if you would notice or not just from the video.
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Female 882
^wow that didnt make any sense. made sense in my head
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Female 882
the picture that was held by a man who walked between them was a picture of derren brown i think, so if she thought the her image of derren brown was just from seeing the picture probably, so wouldn`t have noticed the change, and blah blah blah.

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Male 77
stupid biotch.:-)
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Female 811
I would have noticed, and btw, I think the swear filter needs to be changed so that the t word is replaced by kitty cat.
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Male 168
Search "Derren Brown" on various video sites...
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Female 302
rofl, the most obvious change aswell
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Female 673
SHe probably did notice but was too embarrassed to say, "Weren`t you a white man just before?"
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Female 66
iluvpink are you serious. Twat is a very rude word for pussy. and that women was obviously color blind. LOL
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Male 2,057
i spelt it right
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Male 2,057
DERREN BROWN!!!!!!!!
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Male 266
weired
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Female 158
haha i was just talkin bout dis.
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Male 51
lol, ur mum is a f*cking dumb bimbo
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Male 49
That`s Derren Brown, the original bloke. He specialises in tricking people in psychological ways.

He was the guy who tricked the entire nation into believing that he played Russian Roulette on national TV here in the UK.

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Male 272
haha
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Female 1,412
wow, cool!

and the clip does freeze it confused me lol.

btw, im not english, so what`s a twat?? (im guesing an idiot..?)

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Male 87
yeah thats was good. i think i would have noticed but i dunno.
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Female 401
wow thats weird...i definitely would of noticed...
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Male 63
is that the same guy who tricked people into robbing $hit?
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Male 2,567
Lol !
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Male 17
hah i would have soo noticed non observant mofos
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Male 83
[quote]On 8/10/2006 4:00:48 AM cooltapes wrote: Oh my gosh. I showed this clip to my mom and she was like, "What?" She didn`t notice the change either![/quote]

That`s funny stuff.

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Female 101
Oh my gosh. I showed this clip to my mom and she was like, "What?" She didn`t notice the change either!
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Female 2,144
Ha. That Would Be So Scary If You Did Notice.
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Male 503
Tea and crumpets?
Smashing!

Anyway....the whole episode is better to watch then that little clip....

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Male 1,354
Swell.
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Male 42
who did this?

do they have a site?

(if it says so at the end of the clip, post it here: for some reason, the clip freezes about 2 seconds after the switch is made, and there are still a few seconds of the video left)

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Male 144
I`d certainly notice someone taller like that
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Male 410
Thats actually quite interesting. More tea and crumpets anyone?
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Male 2,958
It`s not like I would start yelling and check for my watch and wallet, lol.
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Female 1,382
Lol, I wouldn`t notice that, only the voice change :P
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Male 11
Derren Brown rocks. :)
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Male 193
How many people say they`re the 50% of those other people that DTatum mentioned..`cause I`m 100%-ly them.

And B-Hazard, if it WAS a clip of you and you DID start screaming...then we`d be having a discussion of how racist you came across as,(although you may or may not; COVERED MY ASS!)

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Male 10
For all of you that think you would recognize the change, you`re probably wrong. This is a clip from a psychological study (which has been repeated many times), and 50% of people observed don`t notice that the person is different.
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Male 2,958
I would have just started screaming like something was terribly wrong...who`s the joke on now?!
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Male 119
yeah i would deffinately notice a white man turning black
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Female 850
HAHA wow, that was really sneaky, she didn`t even realize that guy was different.... crazy.
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Male 379
that just shows stupid people
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Male 12
wow
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Male 34
hmm makes you think
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Male 418
I think I would notice something like that!
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Female 36
i love it! that`s amazing!
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Male 108
error
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Female 101
I`m more observant than that, and that`s saying something, since I`m a massive daydreamer.
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Male 10,115
Link: The Switcheroo [Rate Link] - I guess the lesson is people really don`t look at you much.
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