The Awareness Test
It's easy to miss something that you aren't looking for, and this can have a myriad of applications in business education. The original awareness test features a group of people passing basketballs and asks you to count the passes of one of the groups. This is a fairly easy task, but it masks a person dressed as a bear entering the scene and moonwalking out.
Variations on this original test show that there is always a moonwalking bear that we will not see, simply because of what we choose to pay attention to! Here are some examples:
This video introduces just a few new changes to the original format.
And this video changes things up with a murder mystery where almost every part of the set changes at some point.
- Learn to balance focus with vision. Some may see the bear but incorrectly count the number of passes, which was the original task.
- We see and notice things, people, and events we focus our attention on.
- Remember there is always a moonwalking bear! Learn to ask yourself where the unexpected could be coming from.