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Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself—and that’s a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot. 

Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain: 

• Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail

• How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it

• Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes

• What criminals have in common with chess masters

• Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback

• Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters 

Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions. We write traffic laws and build criminal cases on the assumption that people will notice when something unusual happens right in front of them. We’re sure we know where we were on 9/11, falsely believing that vivid memories are seared into our minds with perfect fidelity. And as a society, we spend billions on devices to train our brains because we’re continually tempted by the lure of quick fixes and effortless self-improvement. 

The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it’s much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining and illuminating…This book is a surprising guide to everyday illusions and the trouble they can steer us into.”

    Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational

  • “From courtrooms to bedrooms to boardrooms, this fascinating book shows how psychological illusions bedevil every aspect of our public and private lives. An owner’s manual for the human mind!”

    Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

  • “Chabris and Simons’ experiments have become classics, and their influence extends well beyond psychology, with implications for our understanding of consciousness and rationality. Having taught their research to my students at Harvard, I was eager to read The Invisible Gorilla, and the book did not disappoint.”

    Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought

  • “Engaging and humane…The Invisible Gorilla just might teach us to be more humble, understanding, and forgiving.”

    New York Times

  • “As a thoughtful introduction to a captivating discipline, the book succeeds wonderfully…Readers who heed the admonitions of Chabris and Simons may be rewarded with a clearer view of the world.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “If the authors make you second-guess yourself ten times today, they’ve done their job.”

    Psychology Today

  • The Invisible Gorilla is filled with fascinating and revealing experiments that call into question assumptions we have about our mental abilities and those of others…A must-read for anyone who wants to better understand how the mind works.”

    Associated Press

  • “Though Chabris and Simons threaten to pull the rug of reality itself from under us, their fascinating experiments and well-chosen examples keep our feet on the ground, perhaps even more than before.”

    Seed Magazine

  • “A humbling journey into the fallibility of our thinking.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Packed with evidence from hundreds of scientific experiments, it’s a persuasive, surprising, and even amusing book that will have you rethinking the way you think you see the world.”

    Fort Worth Star Telegram

  • “Thought-provoking, entertaining, educational, and sobering, this book is a must read for those honest enough to realize they don’t or can’t, know it all.”

    El Paso Times

  • “Narrator Dan Woren conveys a bright-eyed fascination with this collection of surprising research on the ways we mentally process the world around us. Though his diction is precise and his phrasing is carefully matched to the nuances of the text, his narration is natural and appealing.…a stimulating educational experience for anyone.”


  • “Full of humor and insight, this book is enlightening and entertaining…Readers beware: Your perception of everyday occurrences will be forever altered.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] engaging treatise on how our intuitions often lead us astray…Illustrated with eye-opening, often humorous examples.”


  • “A fascinating look at little-known illusions that greatly affect our daily lives…[The Invisible Gorilla] offers surprising insights into just how clueless we are about how our minds work and how we experience the world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In The Invisible Gorilla, you should expect the unexpected, to your very great delight.  If any work of social science could be a page-turner, this is it.”

    Nicholas A. Christakis, professor, Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wisnu | 2/12/2014

    " It is amazing to know how inattentive we really were. This book helps me understand how limited my capacity as human is, and in some way, how to manipulate my limitation for my own good. The research examples were fun, and gave my brilliant insight for my own research on cognitive psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting counter (not intentional or directed) to Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. Useful and mind opening about a number of misconceptions, exploring why we fall for the same traps - particularly when it comes to causation and media. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heba Morsi | 1/22/2014

    " Looking is not the same thing as seeing ... A book that shows you why you should not be completely positive about what you have "seen" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Holtstrom | 1/22/2014

    " I've always suspected that our experience of the world is frighteningly removed from what actually happens: finally proof. Great content. Great delivery. Great book. "

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About the Author

Christopher Chabris is a cognitive psychologist who has received numerous accolades for his research. Most notably, his “Gorillas in Our Midst” study reveals the dark side of our ability to pay attention and has quickly become one of the best-known experiments in all of psychology; it inspired a stage play and was even discussed by characters on the television series CSI. Chabris received his PhD from Harvard University and is currently a psychology professor at Union College in New York.