The invisible gorilla in the room

How well do we pay attention, asks psychology professor at Union College and co-author of “The Invisible Gorilla” Christopher Chabris.

In answering that query, Chabris, who investigates the illusions of our mind, also finds out how well we think we pay attention, which, in an era of short attention spans, is critical to know and understand.

In particular, Chabris focuses on the illusions of attention and confidence and everyday illusions.

“Illusions are an aspect of the mind that everybody shares,” he says. “They are also part of the way our minds are built.”