Perception: Movies with Inconsistencies, and This Exercise
Are you a detail-oriented person? Or perhaps you understand abstract concept. Do you learn better if there's either a verbal or visual illustration? Me, you tell me generalities and theory, and if I'm not familiar with the subject matter, it will go right over my head, unless you illustrate it in some fashion. I'm visually detail-oriented; I usually remember visual presentations. A test like this one is something I can do, usually.
When I watched Spartacus (back in the dark ages), I noticed something in the beach scene. I later asked people I knew if they saw the tire tracks. Nobody saw any such thing. One take of the beach scene showed the warriors running toward the camera. I looked down at the sand and noticed there were tire tracks. Another thing I noticed was in one of the Back to the Future movies. Michael J. Fox was standing in front of a theater that was showing Jaws. Before the hologram of a shark came down on him to take a bite, I noticed that it was "Jaws 12," or some number like that.
I usually see things in movies that are quite distracting, and then I lose track of the plot, some times. Often, when one camera is used, and they need to show the faces of two people talking, they'll do all the takes showing one person's face, then they'll move the camera to show the other person's face and do the same conversation all over again. When that happens, they sometimes overlook certain details, like where the woman's hair is sitting: When you're looking at the man's face, and you can see the back of the woman's head, her hair is behind her shoulder. When you're looking at the woman's face while she's talking, the hair is in front of her shoulder. During the conversation, the hair seems to magically change position in an instant, each time the view changes.
If you can pass the exercise in this article quite easily, then you are probably prone to see too many details. I don't know if that's bad or not, but if I pass a test like this, I consider it a good thing. Let's see how you do. When I studied the options for giving the test, I saw that it's difficult to give this kind of test, because it is set up for multiple-choice. If you didn't know what a certain item was, then one of the answers would be a dead give-away, given that its picture is under your nose. So I phrased the questions to make it a little more enigmatic. Good luck!
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