Thursday, July 2nd: Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Psychology of Magic

    Date: 07/02/2015

    Time: 8:00 pm

    Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 A 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)

    Price: $8 in advance

    Magicians have the uncanny ability to manipulate how people perceive the world, and this can be the key to understanding how the mind works. The techniques of misdirection provide a useful framework for studying attention and its link to eye movements, and magical methods are a valuable tool for designing research. Magic and illusions were central to the birth of experimental psychology at the turn of the last century, but fell out of fashion until modern techniques and magician-scientists rediscovered it. Magicians have spent hundreds of years developing techniques that keep audiences from being aware of events happening right in front of their noses. In this talk, Robert discusses how these effects are studied experimentally, and what the findings of magic research mean for the psychology of attention and awareness.

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