May 25, 2014 | Nicola

I can definitely relate to today's news. When I'm typing away I can be oblivious to everything else, but it's not intentional!

Researchers from UCL have found that young people have far lower peripheral awareness than adults. This means that whilst other people might think you are ignoring them, you are really just focused on what you're doing. The team are now interested in finding out when this awareness fully develops. I think I've still got some way to go...

The study was carried out with 200 visitors to the Science Museum's Live Science programme. You can find out more about Live Science by visiting the project's web pages.

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Christopher Black

May 28, 2014 at 19:40

I'm not sure anyone is fully aware of all their surroundings. By "fully" I mean not just what you're focused on, but your peripheral vision too. I'm not sure your brain could cope with all that information coming in at once, so it tunes out of what it thinks is unnecessary information, almost like a blind spot, so it doesn't even register.

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