Q&A: Christopher Chabris, psychology professor, on everyday illusions


When a politician tells a personal story that turns out to be false, does that make him a liar? When an employee exudes confidence, does that make her the smartest person in the room?

Depite our intuition about the way our minds work, the answers might turn out to be no, according to Christopher Chabris, a psychology professor at Union College. (To see why, watch the video at bottom to test your own mind before you finish the rest of this story.)

I spoke with Chabris, co-author with Dan Simons of The Invisible Gorilla, about why we don’t see a gorilla right in front of us, why we trust our memories too much and how these everyday illusions cause some sticky situations. Below are excerpts from our interview.

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