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Cognitive capture or, cognitive tunneling, is an inattentional blindness phenomenon in which the observer is too focused on instrumentation, task at hand, internal thought, etc. and not on wider aspects of the present environment. For example, while driving, if the driver is focused on the speedometer and not on the road, they are suffering from cognitive capture. It is particularly likely to occur under conditions of stress

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