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What can a fighter pilot teach us about driving?

19 November 2012

You might wonder what flying a jet has in common with driving a car. Well, during both you’re being bombarded with information about potential hazards. You may think your eyes are simply windows that perfectly transmit all the visual data about the world, but that’s far from the truth…

When you move your head and eyes to scan a scene… …you see the image in a series of very quick jumps (called saccades) with very short pauses (called fixations) and it is only during the pauses that an image is processed.

This might sound crazy, but your brain actually blocks the image that is being received while your eyes are moving. This is why you do not see the sort of blurred image, that you see when you look sideways out of a train window.

To find out more about how your driving is affected, including some simple tests to demonstrate just how much your eyes aren’t telling you, click here to read the full article.

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