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Illusion Chasers

Art and Science Team Up To Steal Your Attention With Magic

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Artist Ellen Levy teamed up with neuroscientist Michael E. Goldberg, Director of the Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior at Columbia University in New York, to apply the concept of change blindness to an interactive art installation. The resulting animation, “Stealing Attention”, was recently shown at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City, as part of the “Sleuthing the Mind” exhibit that Levy curated.

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Illusion Chasers

New Science Channel show HACK MY BRAIN—Featuring Scientific American MIND’s Illusion Chasers!

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Todd Sampson is an advertising exec in Australia. An average Joe, who, like the rest of us, wants to be super human. So he’s enlisting scientists all over the world to hack his brain and make him, smarter, faster, and more creative. In our labs we show him a little bit of neuromagic. Come check it out this Friday!

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Illusion Chasers

Do Dogs Fall for Magic Tricks?

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Animals can be deceived, but do animals feel wonderment, awe, or sense that they have experienced the impossible?

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Illusion Chasers

Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

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Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host a live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with us, and our collaborator Hector Rieiro (a PhD candidate in the Macknik Lab).

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Illusion Chasers

Sleights of Mind wins the Prisma Prize!

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Sleights of Mind has won the Prisma Prize, an annual science communication award to the best book of the year.

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Illusion Chasers

Apollo Robbins: The Art of Misdirection

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Apollo Robbins (aka The Gentleman Thief) explains and demonstrates the art of misdirection

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Illusion Chasers

Join Us At The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University in Tel-Aviv

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For those of you who are in Israel today or tomorrow, come join us at The Gonda Center for free presentations on illusions and visual perception.

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Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience Meets Magic: an educational feature

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BrainFacts.org, from the Society for Neuroscience, has selected our video Neuroscience Meets Magic, to be featured as a recommended resource.

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Illusion Chasers

The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

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A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions.

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Illusion Chasers

THE MARTIAL MAGICIAN’S MEMORY PALACE

Magicians sometimes perform seemingly impossible feats of memory, for instance, to remember the order of a “randomly shuffled” deck of cards. To accomplish this, they use well established mnemonic techniques.

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Observations

Neuroscience and Magic: The Science of Stealing a Watch

Apollo Robbins, a.k.a the “Gentleman Thief,” explains his technique of managing attentional spotlight during the Neuromagic 2012conference on the Island of Thought, San Simón, near Vigo, Spain, while demonstrating on neuroscientist Flip Phillips of Skidmore College. Attentional spotlight is the focus of consciousness at any given moment, and it can be directed–or, as in magic, [...]

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Observations

How Neuroscientists and Magicians Are Conjuring Brain Insights

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“I see you have a watch with a buckle.” Standing at my side, Apollo Robbins held my wrist lightly as he turned my hand over and back. I knew exactly what was coming but I fell for it anyway. “Yes,” I said, trying to keep an eye on him, “that looks pretty easy for you [...]

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