Did you see the unicycling clown? Inattentional blindness while walking and talking on a cell phone
Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 597–607, July 2010
How to Cite
Hyman, I. E., Boss, S. M., Wise, B. M., McKenzie, K. E. and Caggiano, J. M. (2010), Did you see the unicycling clown? Inattentional blindness while walking and talking on a cell phone. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 24: 597–607. doi: 10.1002/acp.1638
- Issue online: 23 JUN 2010
- Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2009
We investigated the effects of divided attention during walking. Individuals were classified based on whether they were walking while talking on a cell phone, listening to an MP3 player, walking without any electronics or walking in a pair. In the first study, we found that cell phone users walked more slowly, changed directions more frequently, and were less likely to acknowledge other people than individuals in the other conditions. In the second study, we found that cell phone users were less likely to notice an unusual activity along their walking route (a unicycling clown). Cell phone usage may cause inattentional blindness even during a simple activity that should require few cognitive resources. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.