There's A 50/50 Chance You Might Have Something Called 'Motion Blindness'

Some people can't exactly brag about their hand-eye coordination skills (like me).

But there's a scientific explanation for why catching things might be a little more difficult for you.


Scientists have recently discovered that some people suffer from motion blindness, also known as agnosia.

People with agnosia might have trouble recognizing sights for what they are, and motion blindness occurs when the brain can't correctly interpret information from our senses. An example of motion blindness is having difficulty seeing and registering movement in certain areas of vision.

Researchers have found that this problem is more common than they thought.

But, the only way to know you have it is to be tested for it. Also, don't worry; it has nothing to do with your eyes, just your brain.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that up to half of the study participants suffered from motion blindness to a degree.

Study author Professor Bas Rokers said,

We were surprised when we saw how many people had trouble correctly detecting motion, and put people through thousands of trials.

So if you have this, you're definitely not alone.

Because it only seemed to affect one part of the field of vision, people who have motion blindness aren't exactly aware of it. The brain learns to adapt.


It's not that people with motion blindness can't see moving objects; their brains are just wired in such a way that they have difficulty reading cues that indicate speed and distance.

Your brain needs both to read motion efficiently.

What does this mean for you? Well, again, you can't know if you have motion blindness for sure unless you get tested.

But next time someone calls you a klutz or tells you that you have terrible hand-eye coordination, just tell them you might have "motion blindness."



Citations: So THAT'S why some people can't catch balls: Half of the population may be 'motion blind' in part of their vision (MailOnline)