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This thread discussed why Jessica Watson didn't see the lights of the ship off to her starboard that grazed her, on a clear night. the NZ report described the phenomena of "change blindness" and "inattention blindness".
Sounded dubious to me, but then from a non-sailing friend I got the attached "vision test" wherein peripheral lights seem to disappear while you're staring at a central light:
Could this be an example? I don't know, but found it spooky.
I don't think that is what they were talking about, but it is pretty spooky. Particularly when you consider that the background of waves, clouds, et cetera, would be in constant motion, while a sleep deprived solo skipper would tend to just "stare into space" without moving her/his eyes very much.
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