The main goal of the program for Week 2 was to test our powers of observations. As part of a warm-up activity, we looked at the phenomenon known as “change blindness.” Check out the following YouTube videos for an idea of what we’re talking about:
We also had the recruits look examine a mystery box and try to guess the contents just by using their senses (including smell!).
After the warm up we divided into pairs and set off across the campus to observe people in their natural habitat. The rules were simple: 1) record everything you observe; 2) do not sit with your partner (to ensure that we observe the behaviour from different perspectives).
It was truly astonishing to see how much information we were able to gather in just 30 minutes of observation. At first many of us found it difficult to focus, but with a bit of conscious effort we noticed the patterns emerge.