Where can I find "witness" videos that test your recall?
February 5, 2020 12:49 AM   Subscribe

This week I'm teaching English crime terminology to my teen class and I wanted to show them videos of things to test their ability to witness details and talk about malleable memories. There used to be a show that did this I think. Where can I find these kinds of clips or videos?
posted by rileyray3000 to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've enjoyed the Invisible Gorilla (video here).
posted by matthewr at 1:07 AM on February 5, 2020 [8 favorites]

These two clips go together - the 1st clip is “first person witness of a suspicious act” and the 2nd clip is the suspect line up - but the trick is that the actual guy in the 1st clip isn’t in the line up.


posted by chr1sb0y at 4:48 AM on February 5, 2020

How about this famous clip used in research on selective attention? I don’t want to spoil it in case you haven’t seen it, as it is really amazing to see it work on oneself. I can only assume it will work as well on your classroom as it did in the original experiments, if you frame it right: count those passes, pay attention! More info here.

Edit: oops didn’t see it at top sorry. There are lots of good related additional videos at my second link, and they may work better as they are less well known.
posted by SaltySalticid at 5:15 AM on February 5, 2020

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See?

From 2016 but shows body cam footage vs other angles.
posted by Awfki at 5:51 AM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]

You probably saw the 2nd gorilla video, then? (Not nearly as surprising as the first one, but I wasn’t focusing on passes or the gorilla — I still missed what they wanted me to miss.)
posted by klausman at 6:33 AM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]

There is a wonderful interactive video explainer of this in London's Natural History Museum (human biology section), but unfortunately I failed to find a video of it online.

You are shown a video depicting a crime, after which you are challenged (as an eyewitness) to answer questions about the incident. It includes distracting elements such as eye-catching but irrelevant details, similar but different details, and leading questions.

If this sounds like what you're looking for, perhaps you can contact the museum to ask if they can provide more details, or a video?
posted by snarfois at 7:04 AM on February 5, 2020

This thing is silly, and may not be exactly what you're looking for, but close?
posted by LizardBreath at 7:21 AM on February 5, 2020

There was an entire episode of the NatGeo show "Brain Games" about this.
posted by hanov3r at 2:55 PM on February 5, 2020

This video might be a very bad idea.
posted by Jane the Brown at 3:35 PM on February 5, 2020

My teacher who taught us this did it for real - he pre-prepared the two naughtiest boys in class to sit together and start fighting at a specific moment, arguing and pushing each other in their seats (they were extremely convincing). He then intervened, shouted at them, sent them out of the classroom and shouted at them more behind the door so we could hear.

He then came in, calmed down - and told us it was all a set-up and we should write down exactly what we saw. Might have even set us some particular questions so we could compare and contrast our memories.

The two lads thought it was an absolute hoot and I remember the whole thing clearly to this day.

I guess this might not go down so well these days as it did in the 80s, but maybe you could come up with something similar that didn't involve actually inciting child violence!
posted by penguin pie at 3:46 PM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]

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