Wishful seeing

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People assume that when they look at the world around them, they see it as it is. They think that the sleeping beauty they see laying on the bed next to them in the morning is in fact their husband or wife. They think the metallic object they see speeding towards them as they cross the street is a car. In fact, in these and other cases, they may be right. However, new research suggests that visual experiences may not be as comprehensive or precise as people suppose they would be. Indeed, people can be 'blind' to some of what is out there.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-25
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

Cite this

Balcetis, E. (2014). Wishful seeing. Psychologist, 27(1), 22-25.