Scientists have made a discovery that has brought them several steps closer to understanding change blindness - the failure of humans to detect changes to scenes around them.
The researchers from Queen Mary, University of London used a computer-based model to predict what types of changes people would be more likely to notice.
It found that the addition or removal of an object from a scene is more likely to be detected than changes in the colour of the object.
"We expected a colour change to be a lot easier to spot, since colour plays such an important role in our day-to-day lives and visual perception," said lead researcher Dr Milan Verma of Queen Mary.
Dr Verma went on to say that the study has helped him to increase his understanding of how information is processed and how the presentation of visual displays can be optimised.
by Emily Tait