What is the name of the effect which causes one to skip information that feel familiar during learning due to the confusion of familiarity and knowledge?

  • $\begingroup$ Cognitive ease / fluency? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Commented Apr 23, 2021 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg Thanks, that's a good box but I had a feeling I've heard a term specific for what I've described $\endgroup$
    – Probably
    Commented Apr 29, 2021 at 12:09

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Change blindness: failure to notice large changes to the visual scene [1].

If you are interested in familiarity change blindness I suggest this article [2].


[1] Simons, D. J., & Levin, D. T. (1997). Change blindness. Trends in cognitive sciences, 1(7), 261-267.

[2] Tovey, M., & Herdman, C. M. (2014). Seeing changes: How familiarity alters our perception of change. Visual Cognition, 22(2), 214-238.


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